The Players:

Darling: The brave hero, love of my life
Crunchy: The crazy drama queen, hippie crunchy, fiber-freak
Formerly-known-as-Teenaged-Cave-Dweller: The now happily married wayward teen daughter, currently without a part but for an occasional guest appearance-again.
Australian beast-in-law: the transplant from Australia who swept the Cave Dweller off her feet
SNG(AKA Science Nerd Girl): the 19 year old sanity creator, Mom's all helper, now part time college geek
Pickle: The 17 old sensory seeking/avoiding mother hen
Tink: The 15 year old auto-immune compromised fairy nut
Cactus Jack: The 13 year old drama king
Don Juan: The 12 year old ladies man
Duck: The 9 year old cutie patootie
Doodlebop: The 7 old independent sass box
Sugar Man: The 5 year old sweetie flirt monster
Frodo: the 5 old chunky grandson
Sassbox: the 4 year old firecracker baby
Biscuit Smidge: the 4 month old shrieky dragon granddaughter

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Starting Christmas

We've started our Christmas reading. Of course, we cannot miss

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Christmas Carol

But this yer, we're going to look at the symbols of Christmas and how they started, as well as Christmas around the world.

Holly, Reindeer and Colored Lights: The Story of Christmas Symbols


The Gingerbread Doll by Susan Tews

Tyranoclaus by Janet Lawler(for the fun of it and because Don Juan is recently into dinosaurs)

A Christmas Wish  By Julia Hubrey

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotten

Gingerbread Land by Katie Grim

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry


Reindeer Crunch and Other Christmas Recipes by Kristi Johnson


What Cats Want for Christmas by Kandy Radzinski


Twelve Days of Christmas in the North Woods by Frances Tyrrell

American Girl Library Christmas Crafts

Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble


The Night After Christmas by James Stevenson

The Boy of the Bells by Carly Simon


Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make by Kathy Ross

Hillbilly Night Afore Christmas by Thomas Noel Turner

The Little Donkey by Gerda Marie Scheidl

Christmas Crafts:Fun Holiday Crafts Kids Can Do by Fay Robinson

Christmas Fun: Great Things to Make and Do by Deri Robins

The Moose Who Lost Christmas by Beverly Bruemmer

A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills


Hark! A Christmas Sample by Tomie dePaola and Jane Yolen

My Christmas Stocking: Stories, Songs, Poems, Recipes, Crafts and Fun for Kids by Dan Elish

The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau


Christmas in the Holy Land-World Book

We'll also be researching foods for Christmas around the world, using the Internet for a resource.

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