Advent 2013: Days 16-19

Advent Day 16: Watch Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer + Activity Book

For the 16th day of Advent, our elf, Fiddles, delivered a Rudolf activity/coloring book that I found in the $1 section at Target. We also watched the movie Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but Rosen really only sat still through about 10 minutes of it. It made good background noise to her coloring though, and I got all nostalgic watching it, so it was fun for me too.

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Advent Day 17: Decorate Christmas Cookies

I had every intention of actually baking and decorating Christmas cookies with Rosen, but when I saw this little cookie decorating kit in the bakery section at SuperTarget, I decided to take the easy route. Since we baked cinnamon ornaments a couple of weeks ago, I think we filled our baking quota, and Rosen wasn’t exactly helpful during that process, so I think it will be best to wait until next year to actually bake the cookies.

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Rosen, of course, loved decorating the cookies. However, I think more icing ended up in her mouth than on the cookies. We both had fun with the activity though, and the cookies were quite tasty!

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Advent Day 18: Grinch Day

For Day 18, we had a Grinch-themed day. For Rosen’s afternoon snack, I made the little Grinch kabobs that have been floating around on Pinterest. They were super easy since we pretty much always have strawberries, bananas, and grapes in our house. I also already had half a bag of marshmallows leftover from my sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving. How convenient! I also put the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas on TV for us to enjoy.

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Advent Day 19: Phone Call with Santa

I found an app for the iPhone called Santa’s Magic Phone Call that allows you to call or get called by Santa. I thought Rosen would really enjoy getting a phone call from Santa, and she did. She loves using my phone, so I think getting a phone call especially for her made her day.

I won’t go into a full app review. I just got the free version, which has a couple general pre-recorded messages that Santa will say to your child when he calls. You can buy additional features, like the ability to personalize it with your child’s name, but at 2 years old, I thought Rosen would be fascinated enough just to hear Santa’s voice. And fascinated she was!

Like I said before, it also has the ability to call Santa, and it simulates a FaceTime experience so your child sees herself on camera as she’s telling Santa her wish list. We had a lot of fun with it, and Rosen wanted to make several calls to Santa to ask him for “Peppa Pig.”

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