The topic of Activity Advent Calendar for December 5 was, conveniently enough, decorations. We decorated most of our tree without Anna, but left enough for her to help with. Yesterday I wrote about how unfazed she was about the artificial tree, but I was surprised to see the fact reflected in her story of the day. I had to say that I had to prompt her a lot with what/when/because/and then questions this time. Here it is:
Once upon a time there was a tree (my beginning after several stories that were entirely focusing on broken bodies, “scary reindeer” that our neighbors put up on their lawn and, of course, bones and muscles). On Christmas Eve Christmas Cat brought it home. But it was not a Christmas tree. It was just a fir tree. Real Christmas tree lived with cars in the garage. When Santa came, the cat took it out of the garage and put presents for a human named Anna under the tree. But the tree didn’t have any decorations – none, none, none. That’s because they ran out of decorations. So they put new decorations on the tree. (My question: Did they make new decorations?). No, mama! They buyed (bought) them in Target, of course! I guess the idea that you can make your own decorations didn’t quite stick even though Anna really enjoyed making several beaded ornaments today. It was one of the most successful projects lately, and we’ll probably make some more soon.
Books of the day (both from the library)
This is really a Christmas Carol where every line is described with illustrations. I liked it, because even though I understand spoken and written English perfectly, for some reason I cannot make out words in the songs. Well, now I know why for this particular song. Now we don our gay apparel – who on Earth is using those words today? When I was singing the song to Anna, my husband poked his head in and begged me to turn “the real music” on. I hope that Anna doesn’t inherit my total tone deafness :)
It’s a very cute book. Nobody wants the littlest Christmas tree, but she finds home just in time for Christmas. There are several pages describing decorating the tree with self-made decorations in this book – perfect for our theme of the day. We really enjoy reading all the Christmas books and counting days until Christmas. Anna keeps asking if it’s Christmas Eve yet, then self-checks with her Christmas Calendar – no, there are still lots of candy on that calendar, daughter :)