My eldest will be on school holidays this time next week. We will packing and getting ready for a three day break by the beach. Just the little boys and I as my husband still needs to work. But before the relaxing can begin there will be a mad flurry of activity. Excursions, christmas cards, contraband candy canes and end-of-school get togethers.
This week is about organising teacher and class gifts. And wrapping the boys’ presents when they are still out of the house. And finding a hiding spot that my master spies won’t discover. And rearranging the Christmas tree in subtle, stealth ways so that the boys don’t notice. Pikachu has appeared on our tree thanks to my seven year old son’s exemplary google image search skills, ability to
waste use the colour printer and improving scissor work. I am slowly coming to terms with a less-than-perfect tree, but I’m still not pleased that Pikachu, plus a Pokémon great ball, are front and centre. I’m clearly still suffering with a little Christmas Tree OCD.
I wasn’t intending on doing class gifts, but then Karin from Calm to Conniption published this post and how could we resist? It’s such a cute, inexpensive way to share some Christmas cheer without infringing on the aforementioned candy cane ban.
I was also toying with giving some Pokémon decorations to colour in. You can use the print out here if you’d like to use them as Christmas cards. Just print onto card, add ribbon and a message on the back. I’m sure the kids will bring home more than enough colour pencils. Sorry to anyone who now ends up with a front and centre Pokémon decoration.
Our school gives class gifts to our teachers, but I want to give a little extra something to a teacher who always goes the extra mile. There are loads of great posts about what teachers really want for Christmas (and what they don’t). I love this one and this one and this one. The consistent theme seems to be — something personal and a card with words from the heart. And no candles.
This Friday, after school breaks, we will celebrate St Nicholas with my Dutch family – we are a few days early but St Nick had holiday plans. Each year my great uncle, who doesn’t see the children often, bears the brunt of Brisbane heat and dresses in full St Nicholas regalia. There’s a sense of magic when he rings the bell and brings in his sack. I remember as a kid I clung to the reality of St Nicholas for much longer than I did Santa Clause. I hope my kids do the same. It will also be the first Christmas we celebrate with my darling little nephew. There is a whole different kind of Christmas magic with a baby in the mix. I can’t wait to see his eyes widen at the sights and joys of the festive season.
I feel quite calm and prepared as we head into December and I’m grateful to those that have helped with their own ideas and posts regarding Christmas organisation. Here are my favourites:
And a few of my own as well …
Plus a school holiday calendar to help with planning the long and beautiful days off (or making sure you leave enough of them empty) …
How are your Christmas and holiday preparations going?