Wes as Santa  Me as Angel
Twas the night before Christmas and the kids were going nuts with anticipation. Time to break out the last-minute ideas!
  • Get out a holiday book and take turns reading one page each. See who can do the best voices. (For non-readers, they can act out the story while you read.)
  • Or better yet, get out two books and see if you can get the two stories to make sense together by reading a little bit of each at a time.
  • Remember Mad Libs? Here are a few you can download for funny entertainment: http://www.classroomjr.com/christmas-mad-libs/
  • Have a costume party. I remember dressing my brother as Santa one year (see picture above). I put him in my red sweater and stuffed it with a pillow. Then I used a tissue paper wreath I had made in school as the beard and made a paper hat. I, of course, was dressed as an angel with my construction paper wings and halo. Believe me, it made for some priceless family photos.
  • Get out the board games or puzzles to pass the time. Some of the most interesting conversations I’ve had with my family happened while working on a puzzle!
  • Call, Skype, or otherwise reach out to friends and family. Especially anyone who is home alone for the holidays. It only takes a few minutes to brighten up their day.
On a personal note, I’d like to take a moment to remember the victims of the CT shooting. Some of them were little Scouts and former Scouts and leaders. Here is one blog I’d like to pass along regarding the lost Scouts and what you can do to help their families: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/12/17/two-connecticut-shooting-victims-were-tiger-cubs-heres-how-to-help/