Thursday, December 13, 2018

6 Easy Presents for Parents From Daycare

It's that time of year when daycare's all around are working hard on a little gift or two for children's parents. Typically gifts are sentimental that capture this time in a child's life (think handprints, pictures, etc.). Some daycares do the same gifts year after year. Me? I like to change things up. I do enjoy doing the handprint ornaments with Model Magic every year, but in addition to that, I like to give parents something the kids actually made AND that looks cute.

I call these Parent Presents, not to be confused with Parent Pleasers, which is typically a work of art that was clearly not done by the child themselves. They're cute, but I assure you little Sally did not draw a perfect reindeer and color in the damn lines at 2. Sorry to burst your bubble, but your child's daycare provider or teacher did that for them and who has that kind of extra time?

I'm a fan of Parent Presents. They're not always pretty and they do require some guidance and overseeing from myself, but for the most part, the kids do the presents themselves. There's some I like better than others, but I mostly still have my kid's own Parent Presents that I sentimentally set out on display year after year.

Here's 6 easy, cute, and perfect presents for parents from the exhausted at Christmas time provider:

1.) Handprint wreath

2.) Hand print Christmas tree canvas painting

3.) Finger print Christmas lights

4.) Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer foot print ornaments

This one included a parent's favorite: footprint, handprint, a thumb print, AND a picture

5.) Decorate a glass plate. Be adventurous and let kids wrap them in Christmas wrapping paper, stick a bow on, and those bad boys are ready to go.

6.) Make your own ornament. Keep it easy with salt dough or buy a clear ornament and do something simple like this (the kids shoved cotton balls inside and I drew a face on):

This year's Parent Presents are wine glasses decorated in Metallic Sharpie markers (that will likely wash off....and probably should be washed off quite honestly), mini bottle of cheap wine, cookies for the family, and a hand print ornament to take home.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Something New This Holiday Season

Looking back over the past five years at our holiday season found us at every event possible. We've taken train rides to the "North Pole," we've eaten breakfasts, pizza, and drank hot chocolate with Santa, we've ridden horses and in sleighs to Santa, we've waited with penguins to see Santa at the zoo, we've done every tour, open house, and sang Christmas carols with Santa. We've been lucky enough to do all of those big events our wonderful community offers.

With the minis getting older, some of those events aren't as appealing as they once were (for the minis at least). I've been racking my brain to think of something new we could do for the holiday season. Last week, as we prepped our living room for our Christmas tree, I was astonished at how many movies we've accumulated. I've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on holiday movies we rarely get the chance to watch, not to mention all of those delicious holiday movies and shows piling up on our watchlists on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I made the comment to Hubs that it's been years since we've watched some of our Christmas movies. We just never have time because this time of year is always so busy.

Then it clicked. We had nowhere we had to be for 8 hours on Saturday. That left us pretty much an entire day with nothing we had to do. So, I declared Saturday Christmas Movie Day. We decorated the Christmas trees in the morning, sang and danced along to White Christmas, laughed our way through Home Alone 2, and wished for our own reindeer while watching Prancer.

The proper way to decorate the tree is to get out every single ornament and lay it out on the floor. Then you have to tip toe around them. Some end up broken though.

Three of my favorite ornaments that fits our family perfectly: a deer jaw bone Harrison found at the tree farm last year, white water rafting Snoopy for all of our adventures, and the Starbucks ornament (because, ya know, Bucks).

Picnic lunches while we watched Home Alone 2.

I love doing new things with the minis. While I looked forward to our weekends out of the house and exploring, this was such a simple and memorable day, plus we got some use of our rarely watched holiday movies. I loved this day just as much as any event we could have gone to instead.