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Children Christmas Specials

12 Dec

Olive, the Other ReindeerI love the DVR! I have been able to record and watch many of the classic and many of the new children’s Christmas specials this year with the kids. If you want to find out when your favorites are on, check out the schedule at Christmas Special Wiki.  I have listed the ones we have watched or are set to watch below by the year they were released.   They are great for getting them motivated to get up and ready for school on time.  Once they are all set, we watch one of the specials because most run about 21 minutes if you fast forward the commercials.  One of their all time favorites is Olive, the Other Reindeer.

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer(1964)
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas(1965)
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas(1966)
  4. Frosty the Snowman(1969)
  5. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town(1970)
  6. Twas the Night Before Christmas(1974)
  7. The Year Without Santa(1974)
  8. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland(1976)
  9. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July(1979)
  10. Jack Frost(1979)
  11. Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980)
  12. Christmas Comes to Pacland(1982)
  13. Mickey’s Christmas Carol(1983)
  14. Cabbage Patch Kids: First Christmas(1984)
  15. Frosty Returns(1992)
  16. Olive, the Other Reindeer(1999)
  17. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas(1999)
  18. Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish(1999)
  19. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys(2001)
  20. Eloise at Christmastime(2003)
  21. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas(2004)
  22. Shrek the Halls(2007)
  23. A Miser Brothers’ Christmas(2008)
  24. Phineas and Ferb’s Christmas Vacation(2009)
  25. Prep & Landing(2009)
  26. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice(2011)
  27. The Littlest Angel(2011)
  28. An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf(2011)
  29. A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas(2011)
  30. Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury(2011)
  31. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas(2011)
  32. A Fairly Odd Christmas(2012)
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A Story of Christmas Spirit

12 Dec

This blog is a Thank You blog. What does this mean? Today, a total stranger in a store bestowed upon me a random act of kindness that left me stunned, in shock, and in tears. How can you thank a stranger when all you know is her first name – Kathy? The only way I can think is to share this story with others and perhaps it will inspire you to feel the power of this woman’s generosity.

My daughter was given a shirt, a skirt, and a pair of leggings from Kohl’s. It is a store I don’t usually shop at myself because of my finances. I find that even with their non-stop sale circulars every weekend they are a bit too pricey for my budget. The clothes came with a gift receipt. With my daughter lacking a dress to wear for Christmas, I headed to the dreaded Kohl’s return line to get store credit and buy her a special dress instead. To my surprise, the items I returned totaled just under $52.

Dollie and Me Christmas DressI headed off to the girl’s section to find a Christmas dress. I found a perfectly cute dress from a collection called Dollie and Me for $70 but was on sale for $35. Keeping with our Christmas tradition of new pajamas for Christmas Eve, I had enough left over to find a nightgown from the same collection on sale for $12.99. With a total of $47.99, I felt the store credit and the few dollars in my pocket would cover the total including tax.

The checkout had the usual massive line with about 12 people in line. While waiting in line, many people were talking about the coupons the had with them. Not being a regular shopper at Kohl’s, I had no idea that this was the “thing” one does when shopping there. The woman in front of me introduced herself as Kathy and offered to pass off her coupon to me after she used it at checkout. She began to tell me about the items she was buying and how they were for people she didn’t even know. She and her friends get together, find families that are in need, and buy clothes for their children.

I thanked her for all that she and her friends do. I told her that, as someone who has been on the receiving end of such gifts, it was nice to be able to thank someone for their generosity. When it came time for her turn at the checkout, she turned around and took my items out of my hands declaring to me, “I am buying these for your daughter.” Holding out my store credit card, I told her not to worry about it because I had enough to cover the items. She would hear none of it and insisted that she pay for my items. She just asked that one day, when I am in a position like her, to pay it forward.  Thanking her, I gave her a huge and blessed her family.  I sat in my car for a good 15 minutes crying and shaking in total shock from the whole experience.

Christmas spirit is alive out there. When a total stranger buys a little girl a Christmas dress and pajamas, you know that there is goodness and love in this world.

Homemade Advent Wreath

8 Dec

This is the first year that I have not taught kindergarten religious education for my church. For 2 years I taught the little ones and had a great time. The text that the church used was not really great on the kindergarten level so I would design my own program using many resources. My favorite site for information comes from a blog called Catholic Icing. Not only does she have a ton of great ideas but she has many downloads as well. Perhaps in another blog I will post all the religious education resources I used but this blog is really about how to make your own Advent Wreath.

This year my children are attending the family program that meets once a month rather than the weekly program I volunteered with last year and the year before. Part of their homework for the month of December was to make their own Advent Wreath to be on display at their house.

The supplies I used:

  • 4 LED Flameless Votive Candles – the only seem to come in white($1 for a 2-pack at the Dollar Tree)adevent1Advent2
  • 1 4-inch LED Flameless Candle – we bought off-white but you can use white as well($1 each at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Plastic Pine Wreath($1 each at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Package of permanent markers – make sure there purple & pink in the pack($1 for a 10-pack at the Dollar Tree)

1. Using a purple permanent marker color 3 of the votive candles purple. Then using the pink permanent marker color the remaining votive candle pink.

2. Lay the wreath in the middle of a table for display. Place the 4-inch candle in the center of the wreath. Place the 4 votive candles around the edges of the wreath so that they are squared with each other.

Our homemade Advent Wreath.

Our homemade Advent Wreath.

If you are looking for a craftier version of the Advent Wreath that children can do for a classroom activity, then head over to Catholic Icing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Christmas Ornaments

2 Dec

tmnt5So I decided to make my oldest two nieces and oldest two nephews their own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ornaments after seeing them on a friend’s tree. It is really rather simple and it makes for great fun for the TMNT lover. When my nieces and nephews were little they would play TMNT and, there being 4 of them, each would be their favorite turtle fighting Shredder and other assorted bad guys. They also did this with Mortal Kombat.  Remember Ninja Turtles are not just for boys.

You will need:

  • 4 Green Ornament Balls($1.50 for a 5-pack  at the Dollar General)
  • 4 – 9 in x 12 in stick-it felt sheets in red, orange, blue, & purple(Around a $1.50 per sheet at A.C. Moore)
  • 1 package of 8mm wiggle eyes 35 ct (Around $1 a pack at A.C. Moore)
  • Tacky Glue ($2.59 for a 4 oz bottle at A.C. Moore)

tmnt21. Measure 9 inch strip on each felt color. You need the strip to be around 10mm – 12mm wide so that they wiggle eyes will fit with room. (My strips were 18mm wide.)

2.tmnt3 Peel off the paper backing on one strip. Wrap the strip around the ball slightly top of center. Press firmly to stick any creases.

tmnt43. Using the craft glue, glue 2 of the 8mm wiggle eyes onto the colored felt.

I made them each a set for I ended up with 16 Ninja Turtles.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments.
Please note: Glue is still a little wet on the eyes.