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December Activities and the Ho Ho Ho Spirit

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 1, 2014

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Just for fun, see if you can put a little Ho Ho Ho Spirit into the activities you do during December.  I’ll start you off. Instead of playing BINGO, why not play a Christmas version of the game such as GIFTS or another five-letter Christmas word that doesn’t duplicate letters.  The winner calls out, “Ho Ho Ho!”  (I haven’t tried playing this way, but it seems it should work).

December is…

  • Bingo’s Birthday Month– Where have you played this game?  What did you use for markers?  What if you used chocolate kisses instead?  Seems to me everyone would be a winner.
  • National Tie Month–I wonder if this is why dads often get ties for Christmas.  Name three things you think your dad would rather receive.  Consider making a paper tie for each person in your household.  Wear them to the dinner table.  Talk about the ties while you have your meal.
  • Safe Toys and Gifts MonthRead the recommended age on each toy box.  Why do you think some toys are considered unsafe for small children?  Do you know of a time when someone got hurt with a new toy?  What happened?
  • Universal Human Rights MonthWhat do you think are basic human rights?  Discuss this with a parent.  Do you have the basics you need?  Why might children not have what they need?

Special Days in December:

  • National Cookie Day: 4– Have you ever made cookies with cookie cutters?  Have you ever decorated with colored sugar or sprinkles?  Share your favorite cookie story.  Do you know what a cookie exchange is?  If not, ask your parents.  Do you know anyone who does this?
  • Bathtub Party Day: 5–It seems a little chilly for a bathtub party.  What if you play in the tub without any water?  You can always bathe later.  Who will you invite?  Your stuffed animals?  Your action figures?  A brother or sister?  Your parents? 
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: 7– Do you know anyone who fought at Pearl Harbor?  What happened on this day?  Research or ask a parent.  What countries were present? 
  • International Civil Aviation Day: 7– What is an aviator?  What Peanuts comic character likes to pretend he is a World War I Ace?  Tell about one of your favorite comics with this character.  If you could spend Christmas with a Peanuts character, who would it be?  Why?
  • National Cotton Candy Day: 7– What ingredients are used to make cotton candy?  What color cotton candy do you choose?  Why?  Where do you usually eat this treat?
  • Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day: 8– If you could travel in time, what year would you visit?  Why?  Is this in the future or the past?  How do you know?  Is there anyone special you’d like to pretend to be?  Why?  Which Christmas would you like to travel back to and why?
  • Gingerbread House Day: 12– Have you ever built a gingerbread house? If not, you’ve probably seen them.  What products could decorate the roofs?  Which would you use?  Do you like to eat gingerbread?  Do you think its spicy flavor is hot?  Can you tell the story of the Gingerbread Boy?  If not, look for a copy of the book to read to someone.  Why do you think Santa chose not to live in a gingerbread house? 
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 12– Have you seen an assortment of  items for making ugly sweaters?  Have you ever owned an Ugly Sweater?  Have you ever had your picture made in n ugly sweater?  Have you ever attended an ugly sweater party?  My mom’s birthday is on this day.  I wonder if she’d enjoy an ugly sweater birthday party? 
  • Day Of The Horse: 13– If you love horses, raise your hand.  If you can ride horses, pretend to swing a rope in the air.  Read a horse story or book today.  If Santa drove a team of horses, who would lead?
  • Monkey Day: 14–One, two, three. Name a song about a monkey.  Name your favorite monkey in a movie, book, TV program, etc.
  • National Chocolate-covered Anything Day: 16– Name one food that would be terrible covered in chocolate.  Would you rather eat it in its natural state or not at all?  What is your favorite chocolate-covered food?  Do you like chocolate-covered cherries?  I used to get a box every year as a Christmas gift.  Who do you think of when you see these and why? 
  • Wright Brothers Day: 17–For what are the Wright Brothers known?  If you could ask them one question what would it be?  What state were they from?  Where did they test their work?
  • Underdog Day: 19–Who or what is an underdog?  Do you pull for the underdog?  Have you ever felt like an underdog and what did you do about it?  Think of a friend or family member who needs a little cheering up.  What can you do to make this person feel better?
  • Games Day: 20– What kind of games do you think Santa’s elves would like to play?  What is your favorite indoor game?  Who could you teach this game?  Create  Christmas poems or riddles. 
  • Crossword Puzzle Day: 21— Create a Christmas crossword puzzle.  Use http://www.puzzlemaker.com
  • Forefathers Day: 21–Who or what is a forefather?  Where have you heard that word?  Ask your parents for help, if needed.  Who is Father Christmas?
  • Humbug Day: 21–When do people use the word “humbug?”  What does it mean?  How did the word become well known?  Can you think of a time you might say it?  Why?
  • National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day: 21Name one or more agencies that help the homeless in your area.  Name a safe way you can help the homeless.  Do you attend a church that helps the homeless?  Maybe you can help too.
  • National Haiku Poetry Day: 22–A short poem of three lines and a specific pattern:  5 syllables (first line), 7 syllables (second line), and 5 Syllables in the last line.  Nature is often mentioned.  Think of Winter nature topics and write a haiku poem. 
  • Christmas Eve: 24– What Christmas traditions does your family have for Christmas Eve?  I usually go to a church service.  Do you?  Do you open one or more presents this night?  What tradition would you like to add?
  • Egg Nog Day:24– Do you drink egg nog?  If not, what would you rather have?  What are the ingredients in egg nog?  Check the calories and other nutritional information.  Compare with another favorite beverage.
  • Christmas: 25– Does your family celebrate Christmas?  What is a secular Christmas?  How is it different from a Christian’s celebration?
  • National Thank-you Note Day: 26– Have you ever written a thank you note?  Did you text, email, or send it by postal mail?  What occasions would you send a hand written note?  Do you know someone who sends these often?  How would it feel to receive a thank you note in the mail?  Could you send at least one today?
  • Visit The Zoo Day: 27– What is your favorite animal habitat at the zoo?  Do you know a zoo keeper?  Melissa Barr has visited this blog several times.  Check here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/meet-melissa-barr-a-zookeeper-at-north-carolina-zoological-park/
  • https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/the-return-of-melissa-barr-a-zookeeper-at-north-carolina-zoological-park/
  • https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/our-zookeeper-friend-returns/
  • National Pledge of Allegiance Day: 28– Can you recite this pledge?  Who taught you?  Thank them.  Where do you say this pledge?  Have you ever carried a flag in a special ceremony?  What ways to we show respect for our flag?
  • Tick Tock Day: 29– This reminds me of a nursery rhyme.  Do you know one about a clock?  One more hint–and a mouse?  What do we call a tall floor clock that chimes?  Do you know any stories with a clock like this?  Which one?
  • Bacon Day: 30– What does “Bringing home the bacon” mean?  Do you think Santa would rather have bacon than cookies for a Christmas Eve snack?  What do you eat for Christmas breakfast?  My family began a tradition of making cheese toast.  Now, I usually have ham biscuits at our son’s house.
  • New Years Eve: 31–The year is nearly over.  Is there one last thing you wish you had done before the year ended?  Is it still possible?  Could it be started today and completed in 2015?  Do you plan to make resolutions or promises of things you’ll do in 2015?
  • Universal Hour of Peace Day: 31– Do you know what this is and when it occurred?  Ask a parent if you need to.

Special Weeks in December: 

  • Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7–Have you ever baked cookies?  Have you rolled out the dough with a rolling pen?  Have you cut out shapes with a cookie cutter?  Have you decorated cookies after they’re baked? Do you have a cookie story to share?
  • Hand Washing Awareness Week: 7-13–Why is hand washing important?  How is it helpful?
  • Recipe Greetings For The Holidays Week: 7-13– What do you think would make a good recipe for the holidays?  A cup of laughter, an ounce of kisses,  and…What recipes are favorites at your house?  Are they shared or kept secret? 
  • Christmas Bird Count Week:  15-January 2– What are the rules?  Who would know?  Even if you don’t participate, be on the lookout for birds in your area.  Can you name the ones you see?
  • Kwanzaa: 26-January 1–Where can you learn more about this celebration?  Have you participated in the activities?  Share what you know and what you’d like to try.

 Visit http://www.brownielocks.com/DECEMBER2014.html for more ways to celebrate December.

Complete this sentence–All I want for Christmas is ________________.  Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

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12 Responses to “December Activities and the Ho Ho Ho Spirit”

  1. So, December is about a lot more than just Christmas, huh? I love cookie day/week–bring them on! December has always been a special month to me–I was born on my Grandmother’s birthday and made to feel special ever since! 🙂

    • Carol,
      Yes, December has lots of reasons to celebrate. Happy Birthday this month. How sweet to share it with your grandmother. Isn’t it wonderful to be born feeling special? Do you have a favorite cookie and do you bake them yourself? Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy month of December! Thanks for visiting and for commenting. I appreciate you!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas for December activities. Fun, fun, fun. I enjoyed making a gingerbread house with my daughter, Mollie. It was a little bit harder than I thought. Crossword Puzzle Day. I love to work Crossword Puzzles and I like to create them, too.

    All I want for Christmas is for more family members who do not speak to each other will find a way to accept each other and talk.


    • Joan,
      I’m glad you spotted some favorite activities and one that brought back memories of a project with a child. You have lots of wonderful Christian crossword puzzles available on your website. I encourage readers to check them out: http://www.joanyedwards.com/

      I hope your Christmas wish comes true. It may take longer than you’d like, but it’s worth holding out for.

      Thanks for your loyal following and comments! Love you! Merry Christmas!

  3. Kathleen said

    Linda, you always have such interesting nuggets of info on special days/weeks. Love the chocolate covered anything day! Also every year my daughter and I volunteer to run Christmas Bingo with children and I am definitely going to use choc kisses! Thanks for this great idea. My wish is that my mom is home and feeling well enough to celebrate Christmas with my family.

    • Kathleen,
      Thanks for sharing your favorite activities from this post. I’m glad you’ll try BINGO with chocolate kisses. I hope the kids love it. I agree with you that your mom being home and feeling well would be the best Holiday gift of all! Thanks so much for commenting and for being a great friend. Lucky me!

  4. Good blog, as usual, Linda. Dec. 7th is very important to me. My father and grandfather were not at Pearl Harbor, but they were in the Philippines already. Daddy was on Bataan and Granddaddy was on Corregedor. Dale would love the chocolate from the bingo game, but not the game itself. We trim the tree on Christmas eve, or we used to when we bought live trees that we would plant in the yard. Now we just set up the artificial tree and decorate with special ornaments. We aren’t church goers, but do sing the hymns and carols. Rather, Dale and the kids sing and I listen. My wish is world peace. Like Joan, I would like to have family get along and forgive, but rather I’d like our world family get along and forgive. Merry Christmas to you, Scotty and the rest of your readers.

    • Sarah,
      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for saying so. December 7 is a Red Letter Day indeed for your family. I am thankful for the service of all the military. Buy Dale some chocolate kisses and tell him BINGO is optional. Have fun decorating your tree–live or artificial–it’s all fun. I’m glad you make hymns and carols a part of the holidays. World peace is even tougher than family peace, but all things are possible.

      Thanks for the good wishes for my husband and me and for all who drop in to read here. I’m thankful for every one. Sarah, I hope you and yours have a joyous holiday season. Thanks for commenting and being my friend.

  5. A very cute and educational post Linda, Thank you.

  6. Linda, you put so much work into these posts. So inspiring. I chose Dec. 24th. I go to church with hubby, then off to a very late turkey dinner, and Santa arrives at midnight for the grand kids. Such a precious time. Christmas Day, I sleep in. LOL

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