It is certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my house. This past weekend I did Christmas Milk and Cookie Minis in my photography studio (my other second job), and my Christmas tree is up! (Click here to hop over to my Faulkner Photography Facebook page to see my tree!)
I’m thrilled to be co-hosting my first ever blog hop with Lauralee over at The Language Arts Classroom. Our theme is “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas,” and we each will be sharing up to 5 different ideas: 1 holiday bucket list item, 1 tradition, 1 gift idea, 1 freebie, 1 classroom activity. We are hoping that it’s perfect timing for you to snatch up some great ideas for this season.
I’ll be sharing all five on the list, so here goes!
1) Bucket List: I have wanted to go see a town that does Christmas lights for a few years now, and we either can’t find one or we can’t make it. This year, I’ve found one that does a spectacular show complete with music and Santa’s workshop at the end. It’s definitely going to happen this year…. I hope!
2) Tradition: Every Christmas morning I wake up and cook breakfast. If you know me, then you know cooking isn’t my thing. In the afternoon of Christmas day, my sister and her family come up to my parents’ house for gifts and dinner. So, in the morning, I cook for my husband, and my parents join us for breakfast. Over the years I’ve found two dishes that work easily for me. It’s important to note here that if it’s in my recipe book, it has typically no more than 4-5 *normal* ingredients in it, and it requires mostly just piling them all together in a dish and baking them! The first one I call Sunny Side Up Casserole and the second one is Sweet Surprise Cinnamon Roll Bake.
Here are the super easy recipes I use:
Sunny Side Up Casserole:
6 eggs; 2 tbsp milk; 1 can Grands Flaky Layers; precooked half pack of bacon, 1 C shredded Cheddar. Beat egg and milk with wire whisk until smooth. quarter biscuits, Gently stir biscuit pieces into egg mixture to coat evenly. Fold in meat and cheese (and onions if desired). arrange biscuit in single layer in greased 9×13. 350° til golden. Cut into squares.
Sweet Surprise Cinnamon Roll Bake
3) Gift Idea: It seems that it gets harder and harder to buy gifts for my friends and family that they don’t already have and that shows thoughtfulness. With Pinterest being so popular now, handmade gifts seem to be all the rage, and I think something crafted shows a special touch. Last year I made these beautiful Christmas printables inspired by the Nativity story, and they would be the perfect gift printed and framed for students’ teachers, dirty Santa, family, or colleagues.One I printed and framed to put beside my Nativity set, and the other I printed on card stock and mounted to foam poster board, so I could stand it up on my desk.
4) Classroom Activity: Even big kids like to color every now and then, too! If you have a crazy-day schedule or a short period, these are the perfect fillers. The best thing about these easy print and go coloring sheets is that they aren’t just coloring! They actually require students to practice ELA vocabulary terms with examples of figurative language!
5) Teaching Freebie: If you are feeling a little “lost” with what to do on those busy days before winter break or if you have deadlines to meet and need an easy no prep lesson, how about incorporating some holiday spirit with a classic Christmas movie — Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. This is my all-time favorite Christmas movie, and I watch it at least once 🙂 each year! With my freebie viewing guide with focused, standards-based questions this movie will be a hit for you and your students!!
PLUS – The BIG news is…. TPT is having a sale today and tomorrow!
Please hop along our little blogging adventure to see what my secondary friends have shared! Follow the links below to the next stop!