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The Christmas Calendar

December 9th, 2013 at 10:20 am

So, all of the shopping is done, knitting is almost done, the tree is up. It's time to do the Christmas Calendar. The Christmas Calendar is a list of all of the things that are already planned plus the things we want to do this month. Our little city has a lot going on during the holidays.

Here is what is planned:

9 -
10 -
11 - F's piano recital
12 - F's school holiday show
13 - Christmas at the Palace (a city event)
14 - maybe the ice skating show (with Olympic skaters!)
15 - Las Posadas (re-enactment of Joseph and Mary trying to find a room at an inn, posada in Spanish - this is sung entirely in Spanish and is led by the priest of our cathedral)
16 -
17 -
18 -
19 - F has indoor soccer skills
20 - early dismissal - maybe out to lunch?
21 - going away party for F's friend who is moving to Cleveland
22 - The Nutcracker!
23 - make tamales and biscochitos for Christmas Eve
24 - Christmas Eve - Farolito walk (do you know what a farolito is?)
25 - Christmas Day - dinner just the four of us
26 - Boxing Day - F has a friend coming over
27 -
28 -
29 -
30 -
31 - New Year's Eve
1 - New Year's Day
2 -
3 -
4 -
5 -

Other things we want to do:
Christmas in Madrid - a tiny artist's town; they light everything!
Cross-country skiing - F and I have the gear - we just need to head out and ski
Friends over - there are lots we'd like to see this month!
Playdates for F - several friends she'd like to see outside of school
Bring F's giving jar to the animal shelter
Hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows
Write thank you letters for the teachers

5 Responses to “The Christmas Calendar”

  1. snafu Says:

    What a lovely idea to create a Holiday calendar. We use a dedicated binder for holiday events, To Do lists, menus, gift ideas, address/ phone directory, suppliers and summary. I've just printed off a calendar page of deadlines and possibilities. We took a neighbour's grandson to the Christmas Train last Friday evening. The train is super lit and decorated with staff in costume singing carols at each stop Th mingle with crowds and get everyone singing. The mayor and his 'elves' handed out small treats. We joined the free train ride to the next stop for the half hour ride. The youngster was thrilled beyond words. His grandparents met us at the next stop and drove us all home. Kids today fly so riding on a real, working train was a special experience.

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Love this idea! Maybe I should make a BIG December calendar next year. Just wrote a post about this week which is the most busy due to the ice skate show this coming weekend. It is done up really special- full on costumes, lighting, bake sale, gift vendors (I am one), and more. My daughter is in it and it is her highlight of the year.

  3. Kiki Says:

    Farolito like a luminaria or small lantern?

  4. Buendia Says:

    I like the big calendar idea - I might have to print this out BIG! I wish I could visit the train - I am a very big fan of trains (I even wrote a book on railroad depots!). There is a big train set in one of the banks in town that they put out at Christmas; may have to put that on my list!

    And, yes - farolito is a paper bag with a little bit of sand in the bottom and a candle inside. In the south they call them luminarias.

    Here is what Christmas looks like here: http://newmexicophotojournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/MG_0318_luminarias.jpg

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I miss the days when my kids were young. (they are 22 and 18 1/2).

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