{Winter Bucketlist // Santa Video & Mason's List}

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can I just say that I love December? I just wish it was longer!!! We've been busy little bees over here and constantly knocking things off of our list.

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One of the ways we keep the magic in Christmas for Mason is by making him a video from Santa. I love to sit and watch the wonder in his eyes as he watches his personalized video!! He gets so excited when Santa says his name or shows a picture of him and his family! So magical...



Mason's 2014 Santa Video from Crystal Hall on Vimeo.
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Updated bucket list

+ take family photos
+ deck the halls
+ visit santa @ bass pro shop
+ visit the Christmas tree farm
+ go to the tree lighting event at our town square
+ make mason's Christmas list
+ bake cookies (& leave some for santa)
+ make ornaments & Christmas crafts
+ watch the Santa video for Mason
+ make a gingerbread house
+ order our Christmas cards
+ trim the tree
+ go to breakfast with Santa @ Church
+ take the traditional Christmas light picture of mason
+ pick out our yearly ornament for the tree
+ go to the polar express
+ have a pajama/movie night
+ go to Bethlehem revisited
+ put Christmas lights on the house
+ watch the marathon of The Christmas Story on Christmas Eve
+ go to an ugly Christmas sweater party
+ go to prairie lights  


How is your December going?


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{Winter Bucketlist // make ornaments and crafts}

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Mason and I have made a couple different varieties of ornaments so far this year. First, we made Rudolfs using popsicle sticks, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and crafting balls {and a hot glue gun}. We kept one for our tree and gave some to the Grandparents. 

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And, it has become a yearly tradition for Mason and I to make salt dough ornaments. I like to let him do as much of it on his own. He loves to roll the dough with the roller and of course paint them! In true Mason fashion he wanted to paint every single one of them green! And mine were different shades of turquoise {of course}. We added gold glitter to them this time!

The recipe we used - 

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe 

1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water {add in gradually}


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As far as crafts go...we have made a few. Mason found a huge snowman and gingerbread foam craft at the dollar tree where you basically just stick the stickers on it. So, we did those and they came out cute. He also made a Santa door hanger with his Daddy. And then I found one of Mason's trucks and added a Christmas tree to it. I also found some old mattress springs when were Canton and made Christmas trees out of them. And I made a Santa wreath.

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Updated bucket list

+ take family photos
+ deck the halls
+ visit santa @ bass pro shop
+ visit the Christmas tree farm
+ go to the tree lighting event at our town square
+ make mason's Christmas list
+ bake cookies (& leave some for santa)
+ make ornaments & Christmas crafts
+ watch the Santa video for Mason
+ make a gingerbread house
+ order our Christmas cards
+ trim the tree
+ go to breakfast with Santa @ Church
+ take the traditional Christmas light picture of mason
+ pick out our yearly ornament for the tree
+ go to the polar express
+ have a pajama/movie night
+ go to Bethlehem revisited
+ put Christmas lights on the house
+ watch the marathon of The Christmas Story on Christmas Eve
+ go to an ugly Christmas sweater party
+ go to prairie lights  




Have you made any ornaments or crafts this holiday season? Leave me a link, I'd love to see!




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{How to keep the magic in Christmas for littles}

Monday, December 15, 2014

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Keeping the magic in Christmas is very important to Nathan and I with Mason. There is nothing like seeing the holidays through the eyes of your child(ren)...especially when they are filled with so much wonder. Below are the ways that we keep the magic in Christmas for Mason...as well as some others.

1.) Make a personalized video from Santa and add as many pictures and personal details that you can. We use Portable North Pole {link} to make ours. 

2.) Take them to see Santa

3.) Let them write a letter to Santa and mail it. Write a letter back to the child. There are tons of free letterhead on Pinterest {here, here, here}.

4.) If you do not have a chimney {we do not} make a special key for Santa to be able to get in. Example {here

5.) Put Santa in your photo. We use Santa was in my house {link}. There are also apps on Apple for this.

6.) Grow a candy cane. Plant a peppermint, come back later to see a candy cane has grown. 

7.) Let them watch the live Reindeer camera. {link} There are also apps on Apple for this.

8.) Let them watch the Santa Tracker {link}. 

9.) Make magic Reindeer Food {oats & glitter} to put out in the yard on Christmas Eve to guide the Reindeer to your home.

10.) On Christmas Eve take bites out of the cookies and the carrots and leave a thank you note from Santa.

11.) Use flour and a pair of boots to leave Santa's footprints in the house.

12.) Elf on the Shelf - we do not currently do this, but it's all the craze.

13.) Watch Christmas movies that prove that Santa is real.

14.) Drop a bell in the yard and tell them it fell off Santa's sleigh.

15.) Sprinkle glitter around the tree on Christmas Eve to show that Santa was there.


What do you do to keep the magic in Christmas for your littles?


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