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Day 12 – Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

Day 11 The Night Before Christmas

Day 10 Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Day 9 How to Catch an Elf

Day 8 The Polar Express

Day 7 – The Lost Letter

Day 6 The Snowy Day

Day 5 The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

Day 4 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Day 3 The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Day 2 Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

Day 1 My Penguin Osbert

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Day 12 – Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is the African American celebration held from December 26 through New Year’s Day.  Each daily activity revolves around one of seven principles – unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Many of the traditions and observations involve family, community, and heritage.  

Multicultural celebrations are fitting for this time of year when getting together and celebrating the best of humanity are central to our shared values. 

Don’t have your own copy? Go to https://www.broomfield.org/279/Childrens-Library and click on BookFlix or Kanopy (make sure to log in using your library card number) to find an online copy!

Day 12 Activity: Make a Kwanzaa Mat!

One of the seven symbols of Kwanzaa is a traditional straw or woven textile mat called a mkeka. The mkeka iss the base for the other six symbols of Kwanzaa. It represents the idea that nothing can be built without a foundation to rest upon.

Now it’s your turn to make a Kwanzaa Mkeka Mat. Check out the directions HERE, on Scholastic.com.

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Day 11 The Night Before Christmas

This timeless classic is perfect to read before bedtime on Christmas night.

Don’t have your own copy? Go to https://www.broomfield.org/279/Childrens-Library and click on BookFlix (make sure to log in using your library card number) to find an online copy!

Day 11 Activity: Make Reindeer Food!

Everybody knows to leave milk and cookies out for Santa, but what about the reindeer?! Tonight, make sure to make up some special reindeer food to leave out for those magical reindeer as they work so hard to fly Santa across the sky!

1 cup raw, uncooked oats.

4 tablespoons of sugar sprinkles

Mix together. Then divide into a small bowl for each child.

Tonight, after leaving out cookies, go outside and sprinkle the mixture on your lawn.

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Day 10 – Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear’s friends don’t want him to miss Christmas, so they keep him busy getting ready for the holiday.  

These woodland creatures are adorable.  Children will enjoy learning about animals in the winter.  In addition, the book’s rhyming narrative is a fun read for all ages.

Don’t have your own copy? You can listen to it here:

Day 10 Activity: Make a Stocking!

Make a stocking for one (or all) the creatures in this book.  You can download a template here: Printable Christmas Stocking Template.

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Day 9 – How To Catch an Elf

Have you ever seen an elf? Would you like to? Well, you can follow the advice in this book and try to catch one! The book is How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace and Andy Ellerton.

Don’t have your own copy? You can listen to it here:

Day 9 Activity: Make an Elf Trap!

Now see if you can create your own elf-catching contraption using stuff you have at home!

Good luck!

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Day 8 – The Polar Express

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. The Polar Express will take you to the North Pole and back again. It will make everyone a believer in the magic of Santa.

Don’t have your own copy? You can listen to this story here:

Day 8 Activity: Make Polar Express Hot Chocolate!

Work with an adult to make your very own Polar Express Hot Chocolate.

(https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/polar-express-hot-chocolate/)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups milk
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½  cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½  cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot combine all of the ingredients over low heat. Keep mixture over low heat for 30-40 minutes whisking occasionally until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with the other ingredients. You can add milk here to adjust to your chocolate preference. Give it a good whisking before serving to get it nice and frothy.
  2. Serve immediately or pour into a crockpot and keep warm until ready to serve.

Top with whipped cream, crushed candy canes, marshmallows, or sprinkles

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Day 7 The Lost Letter

A young boy preparing his neighborhood for Christmas meets a lady who doesn’t want Christmas to come at all, so he tries his best to bring color to her dreary world.

Watch this online! Go to https://www.broomfield.org/279/Childrens-Library and click on Kanopy Kids (make sure to log in using your library card number) to find an online copy!

Day 7 Activity: Make Someone’s Day!

Even little things can make a really big impact. Today, pick one person to do something really nice for. Here are some ideas to get you started, or come up with your own!

  1. Take cookies to a neighbor.
  2. Help your brother or sister clean their room.
  3. Do extra chores to help your mom and dad.
  4. Donate food to the food bank.
  5. Donate a toy to a charity or toy drive.
  6. Make Christmas cards for the people at a nursing home.

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Day 6 – The Snowy Day

Don’t have your own copy? You can listen to this story here:

Day 6 Activity: Make a Snowflake!

Materials:      White coffee filters               Scissors

Directions:

  1. Fold the filter in half
  2. Fold in half again.
  3. Fold in half again.
  4. Cut different shapes into the filter or draw a design and then cut along the lines.
  5. Unfold and admire!
  6. Repeat many, many times, with as many designs as you can think of.

(Little hands may need a bit of help with the folding part of this project.)

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Day 5 – The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

Have you ever eaten a latke? For many people, latkes are part of their celebration of Hanukkah. In this book, a latke is born but then spends his time trying to help others understand that Hanukkah is different from Christmas. He gets a bit frustrated and winds up doing a lot of screaming. Hence the name—The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket.

Don’t have your own copy? You can listen to this story here

Day 5 Activity: Make your own Latkes!

(They probably won’t run around screaming).

Here’s an easy recipe from thekitchn.com for these delicious holiday snacks… Enjoy!!

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Day 4 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

No Christmas is complete without reading about Dr. Suess’s the Grinch! Join in the fun and maybe even watch the movie, too!

Don’t have your own copy? Here’s a read-aloud:

Day 4 Activity: Make a Heart Ornament!

Materials:

Red & green construction paper               Ribbon or string                   Glue

Directions:

  1. Cut out a large heart and a very small heart from the green construction paper.
  2. Cut out a series of increasingly smaller hearts from the red construction paper.
  3. Glue the hearts together from largest to smallest.
  4. When the glue has dried, use a hole punch to create a small hole at the top on each side.
  5. String the ribbon through the holes and knot it.
  6. Hang your beautiful ornament on your tree!

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Day 3 The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Through trial and error, Little Teeka learns the best way to get the reindeer ready for Santa’s big flight.  Beautifully illustrated by master storyteller and artist Jan Brett, this story is fun for children (and parents) alike.

Don’t have your own copy? Listen here:

Day 3 Activity: Make a Handprint Reindeer!

Make a reindeer head with handprint antlers.

  1. Trace around your hands on dark brown construction paper.
  2. Cut out handprints
  3. Draw and cut out a large triangle on light brown construction paper
  4. Glue handprints to top corners of triangle
  5. Glue red circle (nose) on point of triangle  (could use red puff ball)
  6. Draw eyes on reindeer head.  (could use craft eyes)

Found on 17 Cute DIYs to Make Reindeer Handprint for Christmas

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Day 2 – Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

This time of year is full of many holidays. Today, take the opportunity to learn a little more about each holiday – Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. These books will teach you about the history and traditions of each.

Don’t have your own copy? Go to https://www.broomfield.org/279/Childrens-Library and click on BookFlix (make sure to log in using your library card number) to find an online copy!

Day 2 Activity: Family Discussion!

Today is all about holidays and traditions. Now that you’ve learned a bit more about these three holidays, discuss them over dinner. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  1. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
  2. What is something new you learned today about the holidays?

Pick a holiday you do not currently celebrate – What is the coolest thing about it?

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Day 1 – My Penguin Osbert

Have you written your letter to Santa yet? Some people write a letter to Santa each year to ask for a special gift. It’s exciting to think about what you want for Christmas but in this book the main character learns that you have to think carefully before you make any requests. The book is My Penguin Osbert written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel.

Don’t have your own copy? You can have “grandma” read it to you here: 

Day 1 Activity: Write a Letter to Santa!

Grab some paper and a pencil and write your own letter to Santa! But make sure you think carefully about what you ask for!