We were very busy this December in the Roldan house, but still we managed to do fun little Christmas projects throughout the month. I made a list of the things I wanted to do with the kids, and except for making Santa faces using cottonballs for the beard, I succeeded in getting all the others done!
First we made Advent Calendars. For the most part, these held up pretty well throughout the month. A few were lost to Aria...but that's just assumed since she is just 16 months old and ripping things up is in her job description. I let the kids glue them all together. It was messy, but they really had fun with it.
Then we made Christmas trees a couple weeks before Christmas and hung them all up around our house.
One day we made Christmas cookies......
and the kids had a lot of fun decorating them!
Then on another day we made Ginger Bread Houses out of graham crackers. I think the kids enjoyed this project the most -- especially because they got to eat their creation afterwards :)
We made Almonda Rocha on Christmas Eve -- and I must admit this was my favorite activity,
mainly because it's my favorite thing to eat!
Afton enjoys this project every year, but Tony -- not so much. He complains about getting stuck with stirring the sugary "magma" as he calls it, which is not such an exciting job and the mixture gets really hot, and every now and then a bubble will pop, and well....it's not such a fun part of this process. Even though he complains, he still says, "Okay...I'll stir the hot magma..." so secretly I think he does enjoy it on some level :)
This is what our house looked like before Santa arrived......
And this is how it looked the morning after he arrived....
Tony and Afton help with wrapping gifts late on Christmas Eve.