Posts tagged ‘printable’

December 15, 2011

From the Desk of Santa Claus…

I saw this FREE printable on Design Editor a couple of weeks ago, and knew I had to make a Christmas tradition in our house. It is “From the Desk of Santa Claus” letterhead. How cute to have the man himself (Santa Claus) leave a hand written note on the fireplace after he delivers his bundle of toys? It’s a very cute idea and just had to share it. Click here to download it now.

 

 

Twas the Night before Christmas

 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful Christmas!

 

|| Your Desert Momma||

 

 

 

 

 

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving with kids – What are they thankful for?

Thanksgiving is here, ugh…do you still have to head to the market like I do? Good times!

So, it’s coming to the surface, that my husband and I are raising a spoiled little toddler! :) I’m not too worried about it, because I was pretty spoiled myself, BUT I do think there is something I can do about it, or at least ways to embed a little meaning to the important things, like Thanksgiving.

We do have time-out, she goes in the corner, we have “sit-down” talks, we try to set boundaries, but seriously….fact is, she is a toddler who wants her way EVERYDAY! She doesn’t know that Belle from Beauty and the Beast doesn’t visit every little girls birthday party, does she? Or that every little girl has a full mini pink kitchen in her playroom. Nope. Why would she yet? She is only two.
Being that Thanksgiving is here, made me think, what has happened to Thanksgiving, and what are we thankful for? And, where has Thanksgiving gone? Everywhere I look it’s Christmas, not Thanksgiving? I just got an email from a big craft store, saying they are have a huge 50% off sale today (the day before Thanksgiving), off their Christmas stuff. How are they already having a sale on Christmas, when it isn’t even Thanksgiving, nor have I even put up any red and green decorations? I feel like Thanksgiving has just been rolled over in November, and it’s all Christmas. So a few years back I tried to start a tradition of having all my family and friends that attend my Thanksgiving dinner, to write down what they are thankful for, and in return, I shared how much they all meant to me. Well, I was thinking about how can we incorporate that with my “everything is MINE” little girl this year? I came up with a fun Thanksgiving tradition that I am starting this year (again), and wanted to share it with you.

To help teach my daughter about thanks-giving and gratitude, I found a simple activity to do before or after we all gorge ourselves at thanksgiving dinner.

Supplies:

Pens

FREE printable: Thankful cards from Disney: here

Bowl or container to put the cards into

What to do:

Have all your guests take a moment to write down what they are thankful for, and have them put in bowl once finished. Then you can go around the table and have everyone read their own, or read at random. This is a great way to get everyone to focus on what the meaning of Thanksgiving is, before we rush to the indulgences of the Christmas season.

Breath…and be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.

|| Your Desert Momma ||

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