Book Seven was Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. She has been a favorite author in our house since J was little, and this particular book is one we enjoy every year. Usually we make a Gingerbread House to go with this book, but I wanted an activity that Baby B could join in, so we made Gingerbread playdough instead. We used our regular recipe and added cloves, cinnamon and ginger.
The spices not only smelled nice, but they made the dough look brown. We also made some candy cane playdough (red with peppermint scent) at Miss M's request.
Book Eight was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again. This is an out-of-print Little Golden Book that has been well loved in our house for years. Since the weather was above-freezing for the first time in a week, we played some "Reindeer Games" outside. (Tinsel Tag and Ho-Ho-Hopscotch were our favorites.)
Book Nine was Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner. I didn't get to the craft we had planned because we had a book exchange Christmas party with our Home Learner's group. Baby B's godmother Nicole sent us the funniest edible snowman craft, and we will be doing that today instead. It goes perfectly with this book, so I will be sure to post about it later.
J had his first Christmas concert on the 7th (he is learning to play the trumpet), and Daddy has his annual one tonight, so we have been enjoying lots of great Christmas music as well!