Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Chain Gang

Every year, the kids look forward to making the Christmas chain.  It's just your typical countdown chain made out of paper, but I make sure to write a little something to do on each and every link.  Some days, like today, the link will read, "Watch Christmas movies" (they selected Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer today, though M2 had a secondary vote for Santa Claus is Coming to Town) or "Sing Christmas carols."  Some days we do big stuff like driving around town to see Christmas lights.  

No matter what's written, though, the kids really look forward to getting up in the morning and checking the chain.

They especially look forward to days where they can do the day's deed in their pajamas.

So when day 1 was "Drink hot cocoa on the porch," M1 insisted on being in pajamas.

My toothless little girl was still in her school clothes, though.

It was good cocoa.  Marshmallows, whipped cream, and sprinkles always make it even better.

On day 2, we put up the tree.  M1 can put the star on top all by himself now.  It's a big leap away from the little guy who had to be lifted up and helped only a few years ago.

Day 3?  M2 had her violin recital.  She screwed up!  And didn't melt!  This is huge.

One day this last week, the kids and I made pinecone bird feeders to hang on our tree outside.  They really enjoy doing this.  They love mixing the shortening and peanut butter and schmearing it on the pinecones that they have selected all by themselves from the pine trees outside (notice the pajamas have returned?).

They love rolling it in the birdseed...

... and really enjoy trying to hold on to the ribbon with their oily little fingers as they make the mad dash across the living room to the front door.

The birds have appreciated the 'gifts,' and most of the treats have disappeared already.  I think next week we might pick up some apples and cranberries and make a string of those to hang on the tree.

The best part of the chain for me is seeing their delighted faces each morning.  It's one of those things that I can hold onto forever, knowing that we're making some awesome memories together.  Their childhood really does fly by too quickly.

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