1. One thing on your bucket list for the holidays.
Topping my bucket list is learning to play Minecraft with my son, Ty. Santa is brining him an XBox (or a Playstation? I’m only Mrs. Claus and I don’t know) because he loves to play Minecraft at his friends’ houses. He endlessly chatters about the game. I want to be involved with his favorite game, so I am going to learn how to play.
|Ty, four Christmas seasons ago. He only pretends to dislike hugs from mom.|
2. One special tradition.
I’m assuming this tradition shouldn’t be that my husband tries to sneak away when I haul twenty gigantic containers full of Christmas decor from the attic, but that one stands out from the others.
|He dislikes decorations other than the tree – and I want to decorate the entire house.|
A special one is that we take the kids to 8:00 church and come home to set out cookies for Santa and sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn.
|and… they are nice to each other throughout the memory-making.|
3. One gift idea.
Comfy socks. Who doesn’t like these? They also fit in stockings – no wrapping required.
|I get the kids’ socks at The Children’s Place.|
4. One activity for the classroom.
A successful activity for secondary students is analyzing holiday advertisements. Older students realize that marketing manipulations are in full force at this time of year, and if I bring in a newspaper or magazine, the discussions are plentiful.
5. One freebie.
Students are riled up this time of year – no matter the age. It helps to have a few alternative activities on hand – perhaps a freebie.
Here are 30 writing and journaling prompts. Ask students to choose one, use one per day, or assign one as extra credit. Enjoy!
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