I get a lot of questions this time of year about our holiday traditions. Questions like “You have a Christmas tree? Aren’t you Jewish?” and “If you don’t celebrate Christmas, when do you open presents?” Since Hanukkah begins tomorrow (and so does my birthday!) I figured this is the perfect time to tell you guys all about our crazy Russian-Jewish-Canadian mish mash of Hanukkah-Christmas-New Year’s holiday season. So here is a glimpse into our whirlwind Chrismukkah holiday traditions.
I love doing arts and crafts with my four year old. We end up with so many projects that I don’t know what to do with them when we’re done. Some get saved. Many get tossed. I like to share some of the cool things we do with our friends and family. So this holiday season we decided to make our own DIY holiday cards to give out. These ideas are really easy to do with preschoolers and they look great even when your child “helps”. The great thing is you don’t have to do it perfectly for it to look good. For these cards Lulu helped me cut out the triangle and circle shapes but if your child is younger or gets frustrated with cutting (or just doesn’t feel like it) you can cut all the shapes out ahead of time.
Have you ever heard of Sparkle Stories? We love them. They have a ton of audio stories for kids. Their website also has a bunch of Pinterest worthy kids’ crafts, recipes and educational activities. There is a podcast with a FREE new story a couple times a week and you can pay a membership to have access to thousands of audio stories for kids and more at your finger tips.
“No mommy! You’re wrong! The sky is blue! It’s sunny today mommy!” My four year old yelled in the car after I casually pointed out that it looks like a cloudy day (despite some sunshine). “Oh?” I said as I stifled a laugh “It looks like a clear day to you? Usually it IS sunny on a clear day”
In Flying With Kids Part One: In The Airport I mentioned that the kids have been on 8 flights total already this year. Add one more flight to that because we booked our tickets and we will be in Toronto for the holidays! I’m very excited to see our friends and especially our family. This time Booboo will be 14 months old, which from experience is the toughest age to fly with. Our crankiest flight with a toddler was when Lulu was about 18 months. All she wanted to do was walk around but she was still a lap infant and had to be held the whole time. I have a feeling Booboo will object even more to being restrained. I have to remind myself that we know what we’re doing, we can do this! If you’re flying with kids this holiday season, so can you with these tips!
This December will be our third winter living in California. This will be the third year that we will be travelling back to Toronto for a real winter and to spend the holidays with our friends and family. It will have been a whole year since we’ve been back and I can’t see everyone! I always think I’ll have plenty of time to catch up with everybody but once we’re there, time just goes by so fast and it’s never enough (isn’t it always the case when you’re having fun?). One thing I definitely don’t have time for when we’re there is shopping for gifts. We will be arriving in Toronto just a few days before xmas and the last thing I want to do then is brave the malls.