My New Years Resolutions

2015 is coming to a close and we’ll be celebrating a new year in less than 48 hours.  Crazy!  It’s hard to believe how much can happen in a year’s time and yet feel like it went entirely too fast and you didn’t get to do all the things you would have liked.  Time definitely speeds up as you get older and life gets busier.

Here are a few things that happened in my life during 2015:

  • My daughter turned 3.
  • My son turned 1.
  • We finished our basement.
  • My husband quit his job and started a new one.
  • My husband graduated with his MBA.
  • We went to Disneyland.
  • I started this blog.

Along with the new year comes the opportunity to start fresh.  Obviously, this could be done at any time of year, but it seems most common for people to take a step back and evaluate the current year and create new hopes, dreams and goals for the new one ahead.  I include myself as one of these people and I get excited to think of new ways to grow and stretch myself in various aspects of my life.  I think there are basically two types of goals: the kind with a foreseeable end (ie. train to run a marathon) and the kind that are more long-term (ie. be more forgiving).  Both types are necessary if you are serious about improving yourself.

My brother-in-law is a comedian/motivational speaker and he’s always throwing this out there in regards to goals: “I don’t like to set goals.  I like to create a lifestyle.” Keeping this thought in mind, I’ve been doing some thinking about the goals/lifestyle changes I want to set this year and wanted to share a few of them with you.

Be more charitable  I was inspired to set this as a goal, and essentially adopt it as a lifestyle, when I read this quote:

“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.” – Marvin J. Ashton, 1992
Exercise regularly  Isn’t this a goal most people set for the new year?  Regardless, it’s one I’m setting for myself.

Spend more one-on-one time with each member of my family  I want to make sure that even though I see my family every day, that I make the time to do specific activities with them where we can play and talk and create memories to grow and strengthen our relationship.  This might include going out for ice cream or bowling with my daughter, playing a game in the backyard with my son or doing a planned activity with my husband (at home or out on the town).

Keep up on my personal journal writing  I love going back and reading about past events, feelings and experiences.  They make me laugh.  They make me cry.  They help me see where I’ve grown and the lessons I’ve learned.  This is a goal I have to set for myself every year.  Some years I do better than others, but I’m always glad when I take the time to do it.
Tell family and friends that I love and appreciate them more often  I’ve never met anyone, myself included, who doesn’t like to be told that they are loved, appreciated and that they matter.  It can be hard to remember to do because it’s so easy to take those we love and the things they do for us for granted.
While these aren’t all the goals I’m setting for myself this year,  I think it’s important to share our goals with other people so we remember them and so we are held accountable to them.
What are your goals for the new year?

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup--an easy, delicious soup that is perfect for busy days, sick days or any day!

It’s been a crappy week or so in my house.  Everyone got sick with this yucky cold, which then turned into acute bronchitis for my husband and I.  Yeah.  Fun stuff, let me tell you.  And when I’m sick, I really hate having to put too much effort into cooking.  So I was relieved when I opened the fridge and found a big plastic container full of one of my favorite soups: Minestrone.  It was leftover from Christmas Day when we had dinner at my in-laws home and we ended up with about half to bring home.

So today I’m sharing this recipe with you in hopes that you’ll find it as delicious as me and my family do. I wish I could say that I made up this recipe and take all the credit for the yumminess that it is, but I’d be lying and that is generally frowned upon…  The truth is that I found the recipe on Pinterest on a blog called Yummy Healthy Easy who adapted it from another blog (Foodtography).  I have adapted it a little more to suite me and my family.

I really like this recipe for a few reasons:
  • It is a good no-meat alternative.
  • It’s easy.
  • It’s healthy and filling.
  • It doesn’t heat up my house in the summer months.
  • It uses ingredients that I typically have around my house so I’m not running to the store for something random.
This soup is so easy to throw together in the crock pot in the morning and you just add a couple more ingredients in during the last 30-40 minutes of cook time.  Get some Rhodes rolls going a few hours before dinner and voila!—you have an entire meal that takes practically no work at all.  Double it for larger groups, or take it to a neighbor.  (It’s also a perfect meal to take to moms who have just had a baby.)
Now, on to the recipe:

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup--an easy, delicious soup that is perfect for busy days, sick days or any day!

First, you’ll need to combine broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, herbs, parmesan cheese rind, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup--an easy, delicious soup that is perfect for busy days, sick days or any day!

About 30-40 minutes before it’s done cooking, add the zucchini and spinach.  Cook for 30 minutes.

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup--an easy, delicious soup that is perfect for busy days, sick days or any day!

Add cooked pasta and let it cook 10 minutes more.

*Note: If you used fresh rosemary and/or bay leaves, this is where you would want to take them out.  I generally use dried herbs for my soups, so I just leave them in since they have become soft and part of the soup.
Ladle into bowls and sprinkle on some shredded parmesan cheese, then salt and pepper to taste.
It might be an understatement to say that my family loves this soup.  My husband eats it both the day of and as leftovers to take to work the next day.  Both my 3.5 year old and my 16 month old ask for seconds every time.  It rarely lasts more than a couple of days in our house.  That makes it a winner in my book!

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup--an easy, delicious soup that is perfect for busy days, sick days or any day!

CROCK POT MINESTRONE SOUP
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion, chopped (I use about 1 Tbsp onion salt)
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped (about 3 large carrots, or 12 baby carrots)
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or ½ tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, drained and rinsed (I found these under the name Great Northern beans)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1 bay leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried) 
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped (or 1 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped (or 3/4 tsp dried) 
  • 1 tsp salt
  •  1/2 tsp pepper 
  • 1 medium, zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (defrosted) spinach
  • 1-2 cups small pasta, like ditalini or elbows, cooked al dente
  • Extra parmesan cheese for serving on top
Directions:
  1.  In a crock pot, combine broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. 30-40 minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini and spinach.  Cover and cook 30 minutes.
  3. Add cooked pasta, cook 10 minutes more.
  4. Remove bay leaves and rosemary sprig.  Ladle soup into bowls and top with shredded parmesan cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste.  ENJOY!

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Can you believe Christmas is in two days?  I distinctly remember one Christmas where I was about 8 years old.  I was sleeping soundly, but woke up for some reason.  I looked towards my window where I could see a faint red light and then I heard the sound of bells.  We didn’t have red lights on our house and my mom didn’t have any bells around that I remember.  I told my mom what I’d seen and heard the next morning and she looked surprised.  Whether it was my imagination or something else, I have always kept that memory as a little reminder of the magic of Christmas.

Now that I have kids of my own, I want to create that same magic for them during the Christmas season.  I think that it’s valuable for them to learn to believe in things they can’t see.  Just as they can’t see Santa or explain how he does what he does, they also learn that even though they didn’t live at the time of Christ, they can still believe in the miracles He performed and the gifts He gave through His life and death.

So I’ve come up with some simple ways for you to instill a little magic into the Christmas holiday for your kids.  All of them, with the exception of one, are free and take hardly any prep, but they will leave a lasting impression on your children.  Plus, as the parent, you’ll get to see the joy, excitement and wonder on their face, which for me is more than enough to try out a few of these things myself this year.

Santa Key  Growing up, I moved a lot and as a small child at Christmastime, I had some concerns.  The biggest being: how was Santa going to get into our house if we didn’t have a chimney?  My mom solved this problem, whether through her own inspiration or someone else’s, by telling me that Santa had a special key he used to open the doors of homes that didn’t have a chimney.  This made perfect sense to me and I accepted it without further questioning.

In our current home, we don’t have a chimney and my daughter asked me the same question about how Santa as going to get into our house.  “A magic key!” I told her.  I have a metal key I’m going to tie a ribbon around and show her that we’ll leave it on the outside of our door for Santa.  You can get an idea for a Santa key from here.

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Cookies & Milk for Santa and Carrots for Reindeer  I loved leaving a plate of cookies and a glass of milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve and then running to check and see if he’d eaten them and drank the milk the next morning.  Of course, we couldn’t forget the reindeer, so we left them some carrots to fuel their all night flight.  It would be easy to buy or make a special plate for Santa’s cookies.  Check out this cute tutorial by The Pinning Mama.

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Note from Santa  Leaving a note using special Santa stationary is a fun way to get the kids excited (and maybe even give them a little extra motivation to be good!).  You could print out this free printable and use it throughout December, on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.  This year, we’re going to leave it by the plate of cookies and carrots for my daughter to see when she wakes up to see if the cookies have been eaten.

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Reindeer Dust  This is one of my favorite Christmas magic traditions!  Have you heard of reindeer dust?  It’s a special concoction meant to attract Santa’s reindeer so that Santa comes to your house more quickly!  And when I say special concoction, I mean oatmeal and glitter or sparkles.  Super simple to put together and your kids will love it.  Check out my Reindeer Day post for the recipe and a free printable.

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Santa Footprints  I saw this idea on Pinterest a couple of years ago and thought it was so fun!  All you need is a little flour or baking soda and glitter.  Make yourself a boot print template out of cardboard and sift the flour/baking soda over the top so it leaves a print.  You could make as many or as few as you wanted, leading from the door or the fireplace.  Add a little glitter and–voila!–you have Santa’s footprints.  Your kids will be in awe.  Oh to be little again.  (more details on Not So Idle Hands)

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Picture of Santa in Your House  How fun would it be to have a picture of Santa in your house to show your kids on Christmas morning?  That’s exactly what you can have by going to a website called Capture the Magic.  They let you upload a picture of the room in your house where Santa will be dropping off gifts and then insert your choice of over 100 Santa images into the picture.  Then you can download the picture and print it out or simply email it to yourself as proof to your kids that he visited.  It costs $3.95 for one picture and goes up from there.  *I do not receive anything for promoting their website.  I just think the product is fun.

Call to/from the North Pole  You can receive one free phone call from the North Pole by entering your information on this site.  You can choose if Santa calls or if it’s one of his elves and the message they give when they call.  (If you want more than one call to the same number, you can pay a fee, but the first call is free.) 

If you don’t want to wait for a call to come through, you or your kids can call the North Pole yourself.  This is the number you can call: 951-262-3062.  It’s a cute message from Santa and the kids can even leave a voice message for him. (The phone number itself can be tracked back to California.)

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Magic--fun and simple ideas that are easy and the kids will love!

Where in the World is Santa?  I heard about this website last year from a friend of mine and pulled it up for my daughter on Christmas Eve.  The people behind the website show what countries Santa has visited and where he’s headed next.  There is a map of the world and you can show your kids exactly where Santa is in the world.  It might also be a little motivation to go to sleep knowing that he is already delivering presents to other children around the world. *wink*  It’s completely free to access and lots of fun to watch!

I hope you have fun implementing these ideas in your family this year and in the years to come!  Merry {almost} Christmas!

How do you create Christmas magic in your home?

150+ Christmas Coloring and Activity Round Up

The last few days in our home have been filled with crying, whining, fighting, cabin-fever crazy kids.  It seems like the closer it gets to Christmas, the more the bad behavior increases.  Maybe we are all just sick of being with each other day in and day out since the weather turned really cold and we are stuck indoors more often.  I am usually a pretty patient mama, but lately I have been prodded and poked and pushed to my limits.

One thing that I always have in the back of my mind is trying to come up with new activities to keep my kids entertained.  Since my kids are still small, they need more guidance and instruction when it comes to the activities we do.  My daughter is only in preschool but her teacher follows the same schedule as the school district, so the kids are out the whole week of Christmas.  This can lead to less merry and more scary when it comes to everyone being at home together.  So I thought that doing a fun round up of Christmas/winter coloring pages, activities and crafts might be just the thing to keep us all sane.

(To print out a page, just click on the title of the picture and follow the website’s printing instructions.)

Coloring and Activity Pages

Mickey and Friends Winter Day Activity Book : Disney Family

Disney Fairies ‘Secret of the Wings’ Activity Page : Disney Family
Mickey and Goofy Christmas Coloring Page : Disney Family
Vintage Mickey and Minnie Coloring Page : Disney Family

Prep & Landing Elves Coloring Page : Disney Family
35 Frozen Coloring Pages : The Kids Coloring Pages

Olaf Coloring Page : Colouring Page
Sven Coloring Page : Fan Pop
28 Christmas Coloring Pages : Free N Fun Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas Coloring Page : Cartoon Jr
Merry Christmas Coloring Page : Activity Village
4 “What I Love About Christmas” Coloring Pages : Lil Luna

Tigger Christmas Coloring Page : Cartoon Jr
78 Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (1967 version) Coloring Pages : Coloring Book

Games

Christmas Word Scramble : About Home

Christmas Mad Libs : Classroom Jr.

Christmas Bingo : Crazy Little Projects

Gingerbread Man Dice Game : Kinzie’s Kreations

Crafts

Candy Cane Ornaments–made from pipe cleaners and beads : The Fountain Avenue Kitchen

Origami Christmas Tree : My Lifebox Designs

Paper Strip Christmas Tree : Rudy and the Dodo

Coffee Filter Snowflakes–buy these cheap from the dollar store : Heart of Wisdom

Color and Build Your Own Snowman : Printables 4 Kids

What are your favorite indoor activities to do with kids?

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Today I opened my front door and found a jar of jelly sitting there with a cute note attached: “He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a ‘jar’ full of jelly”.  Aaaannnddd…cue the fun, creative and yummy treats that start popping up on doorsteps during this Christmas season!

Every year, I like to think of fun treats to give out to friends, neighbors and my husband’s coworkers.  There are so many cute ways to package and label gifts that it seems a shame to repeat any one gift twice!  (Although, I’d probably be the only one who would know…)  Since it would be impossible to make all of the treats I would want to and show you how to present them, I’ve put together a friend and neighbor gift round up for you to pick and choose what you’d like to give.  I’ve just made your holidays easier.  You’re welcome.  *wink*  (Please follow the links for more information and pictures.)

“We could all use a little extra ‘dough’ this Holiday Season.”–cookie dough (free printable from The Things I Love Most)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Everyone could use a little extra ‘dough’ this time of year!”–cookie dough (free printable from Happiness is Homemade)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Homemade cookies would be so fine, but these are so much better than mine!”–box of store bought cookies or dough (from Things That I Create)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Good Roll and Cut Cookies–the perfect cookies for decorating (from yours truly)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“We wish you a Merry Christmas and a “Bubbly” New Year!” (free printable from Money Hip Mamas
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Wishing you a Merry KISSmas and a “sparkling” New Year!”–include chocolate kisses (free printable from Tastefully Frugal

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Cheers to some great neighbors!” (from Blue Skies Ahead

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Peppermint Popcorn (recipe and free printable tags from Design Dazzle

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Just POPPING by to wish you a Merry Christmas” (free printable from The Things I Love Most)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a Movie Night!”–include a Redbox code (free printable from Over the Big Moon)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“We’re POPPING by with a holiday ‘Hi!'” (from Things That I Create)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Jello Popcorn (recipe from Our Best Bites)–I love this stuff!

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“A bit of ‘disposable’ Christmas cheer!  What could be better?  No dishes my dear!” (from Things That I Create)  

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“Our Christmas wish to you…less dishes to do!” (from Things That I Create
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“May your days be Merry & Sprite and all your Christmases be white” (free printable from It’s Always Autumn)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“We’d SODA like to wish you a Merry Christmas!” (free printable from Simply Kierste for Baby Center

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“‘Soda-lighted’ you’re our neighbors!  Merry Christmas!” (from Things That I Create)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“‘Twizz’ the season to be jolly!”–Twizzlers (from The Dating Divas

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“There ain’t “muffin” like good friends!”–muffin mix (from Pebbles in my Pocket)
25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!
“Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  Merry Christmas from the Ding-Dongs next door!”–HoHos and Ding Dongs (from One of A Kind

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

“We think you GEYSER awesome and we hope you have a BLAST this Christmas!”–Mentos and Diet Coke (from FLIPZLES

 

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Snowman Soup–hot chocolate, candy canes, chocolate kisses, mini marshmallows (free printable from Ginger Snap Crafts

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Caramel and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels (recipe from Spend With Pennies

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee (recipe from I Heart Nap Time)  

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

Reindeer Dust–A fun and easy gift for families with children! (click here for a free printable from me!)

25 Easy Neighbor Gifts--also great for friends, family and co-workers.  Lots of fun ideas!

What are some of your favorite neighbor gifts to give?

Reindeer Day

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

There is something so magical about reindeer.  Maybe it’s the thought of them flying through the air pulling Santa’s sleigh.  Or Rudolf’s red nose.  Whatever it is, my kids can’t get enough of them.  So I decided to put together a couple of fun activities and create a “Reindeer Day” for them.

My kids are still fairly young (21 months and almost 4), so I had to keep it simple.  We spent a total of about 3 hours doing these activities over the course of the day, however, if you didn’t want to do reindeer activities all day, you could choose any one of these, or split it up across a few days.

Hand Print Reindeer

My kids loved this activity!  They are super hands on and don’t mind getting a little messy, so paint is right down their alley.  They thought it was so fun to create a reindeer using their hand prints and some paint.

Step 1: Gather your supplies–We pulled out some blue construction paper, acrylic paint (white, red, brown and black), googly eyes, red or black pompom balls, bells and glue.  You will also need a foam brush, paper plate and paper towels or baby wipes.

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Step 2: Squirt some brown paint on your paper plate, grab your foam brush and paint the palm of your child’s hand (just one hand!).  If they are old enough, you could let them do this part themselves.  I had to make sure and use a little more paint on my kids’ hands since acrylic starts drying quickly.  They thought this part was so funny and kept squishing their hands to feel the paint.

Step 3: Have your child press their hand onto the paper and push on the fingers to make sure the paint touches the paper before lifting it off.

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Step 4: Turn the paper 180 degrees so the hand print you just did is upside down.  Repeat steps 2 and 3, making sure to leave just a little space between the prints for the collar.

Step 5: Let it dry for 5-10 minutes, depending on how much paint there is.

Step 6: Squirt a little bit of red paint on to the plate and using the pointer finger, dab a little on the end and put it in between the two prints to create a collar.  Let dry.

Step 7: Glue the eye on the head, the bell on the collar and the pompom on the nose (or use black paint/black pompom if you don’t want a Ruldolf reindeer).

Step 8: Squirt some white paint on the plate and use the pointer finger to dip it in and make “snowflakes” all around the reindeer.  Let dry.

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Reindeer Dust

I remember the first year my family did reindeer dust.  It was freezing cold outside, but we ran out there with a handful of dust, threw it in the air and ran back inside.  Sure enough, the next morning we’d been visited by Santa himself. *wink*

Reindeer dust is a fun family tradition, so remember to share the love with your friends and neighbors!  We gave some out with our cookies that we took around the neighborhood.  What kid isn’t going to be excited about a little reindeer dust to help Santa find their house on Christmas Eve?

Step 1: Gather supplies–We used glitter and (uncooked) oatmeal to make the “dust”, a couple of bowls and spoons to stir it up in and sandwich bags to store it. *Tip: You could use decorative sprinkles instead of, or in addition to, glitter.

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Step 2: Pour about 1/4 cup oatmeal into a small bowl.

Step 3: Add glitter/sprinkles.

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Step 4: Stir it around.

Step 5: Pour it into a bag and seal it up.

Step 6: Print off this cute poem (yay for free printables!) and attach it to the bags of reindeer dust.

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

Reindeer Movie

Reindeer Day--fun crafts and activities to do with the kids centered around reindeer

We watched a new one we found on Netflix called Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure (2012) about a reindeer who goes on a journey to save his soon-to-be little brother reindeer.  It was cute and my kids liked it too.

Here are a few other options:

  • Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)–classic version
  • Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998)–animated
  • Prancer (1989)–live action
  • The Flight Before Christmas (2008)–animated, prequel to Little Brother, Big Trouble

My kids really enjoyed having a reindeer themed day!  I enjoyed that the activities didn’t cost much, since I already had everything on hand.  We will definitely be doing this again next year and maybe even adding a couple of new activities.  I hope your kids/grandkids enjoy this as much as mine did.

Do you have themed activity days?  Are there any that you’d like to start?  What activities would you add to your own Reindeer Day?