Our post is a bit long today, but it's for a great cause! Please read it all if you can!
We have 3 elementary aged children and 2 more very close to it, so of course the tragedy hit home with us.
Laura: Sometimes it's just about the simple crafts and the time spent together. My son and I spent an hour or so making paper snowflakes and then hung them above his bed. He will be able to look at those and think of the magic of Christmas and hopefully the time spent together.
Valerie: One thing we love to do with our kids each year is to travel around a neighborhood known for its amazing Christmas light displays. We ooh and aah over the creative decorations on each house, then finish up with some delicious hot cocoa.
I've seen a few Christmas Light Seek-n-Find printables this year, but I wanted one that fit with our Southwestern decor. When I moved here I was taken aback by the cactus (cacti?) wrapped in Christmas lights and palm trees lights wrapped around their impressively tall trunks. But now I treasure it as part of our Arizona culture. If you're like me and live somewhere in the Southwest or maybe even one of the other warmer states, you might appreciate my Southwestern Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Printable:
I made sure to include images for the younger set: my son is still learning to read and needs a little help!
You can click here to dowload the printable.
This year, words cannot express how thankful I am that I have my children home safe with me to share this fun tradition with.
If I have time (ha ha!) I may link this up to some of these parties- come party with us!
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