Thank you to Sara and Yvonne, who sent us ornaments for our tree — one homemade link from a family paper chain and one twisted glass. We were all thrilled to get them and absolutely treasure them. They will do a wonderful job of making up for those we lost and they have really made us smile.
Time for another list of ways to sneak a bit of magic into the days this week…
2. Have some fun with a turkey baster. This is proof that children can use just about anything to make the day magical if you get involved. Jack discovered that the turkey baster we keep as a bath toy makes an excellent rocket launcher for a makeup brush today. He happily shot it as high as he could, at targets and in various ways while I cheered him on. Get two and have contests. Sit on the floor and launch things and laugh.
3. Eat dinner with everybody talking with funny accents.
4. No snow where you live? Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda and show the kids how to make snow angels. Afterwards, vacuum it up!
5. Make some ice lanterns.
6. Get out the dominoes and make domino runs. The longer and more complicated the better!
7. Make a paper chain of happy memories and accomplishments from the past year.
8. Make a snowball target! I love this idea from Nurture Store: Draw a chalk target on an outside wall, line up some snowballs and shoot to score. Award different points for hitting different areas and keep tally with a score chart. Lots of adding up practice.
9. Leave your children notes under their pillows listing 20, 30 or 50 things you love about them.
10. Go around neighborhoods and look at the holiday lights. Want to make it extra special? Freeze one ice wreath for each member of the family (put water in a bundt cake pan and add berries, sprigs of pine and/or food coloring and colored ice cubes and freeze, run under warm water to unmold). Pop them into a freezer with notes tied around them thanking folks for making the world more magical. Let each family member leave a wreath on the lawn of their favorite decorated house.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off again.
Thanks for being magical.