It's officially Christmas break - wahoo!  I finally feel like I can breathe and reflect on the whirlwind that December has been!  Here are a few of my favorite Christmas activities from this month...

{Spoiler Alert - if there are any current first grade parents from my class reading this blog post STOP RIGHT NOW!  There are pics of your Christmas present from your first grader in here!}

Again this year I wrapped up all the read aloud books for December.  It just adds something a little magical to start our day.  (Clearly my tree needs some sprucing up next year - it's rather sparse, yikes!)

We made handprint calendars for our parent gifts.  Mel D created this AHH-mazing resource and we will be able to use for years to come.
These take a long time to complete, but they are SO WORTH IT!

We made gingerbread houses to finish off our gingerbread day.  I could NOT do this without help from parents!  My room was a flurry of sugar and excitement.  I had so many volunteers this year, all I had to do was enjoy the afternoon and take pictures.  Thank goodness for parent helpers!!!  

The last day before vacation is always Polar Express pajama day.
I just love seeing what PJ's the kids wear to school!

This year I gave my students the book Snowmen at Christmas.  (Thank you Scholastic book orders for such a great price!)  My kiddos were super excited about their present.  After we opened the presents we read the story together.
And how precious are these elf pajamas?!!

What's Christmas time without some holiday movie favorites?!  These were lifesavers when trying to finish up holiday crafts and other projects before closing out this year.

How adorable is this candy sled that I got from a family?!  So creative and thoughtful.  I just love the cards my students make for me and how excited they get to give me something at Christmas.  They truly are the sweetest.

Merry Christmas!!!
It's December, wahoo!  I missed last month's Currently, so I'm psyched to be back-in-action this month.  Time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade...

Listening - Christmas music is my absolute favorite!  I start listening on November 1st, because one month of those cheerful tunes just isn't enough!

Loving - There are only THREE weeks until Christmas vacation.  Seriously.  Can.  Not.  Wait!

Thinking - My apartment feels so cozy all decorated for Christmas.  There's just something about snuggling on the couch with the glow of a warm fire and the lights from the Christmas tree.

Wanting - Okay I know it's only Monday, but I'm really wanting the weekend to get here already!  I'm spending this weekend in Chicago with my nieces.  I haven't seen them since Columbus Day and it feels like FOREVER!

Needing - I need to get some Christmas shopping done, ASAP.  I plan to do some online shopping tonight... if the websites will cooperate!  Last night I fought with the Carter's website for way too long trying to score some cute clothes for my nieces.  Grr.

Giving - How about a little Christmas FREEBIE?!  I put together a book of Christmas word problems that I thought you might like!

What are you Currently up to?!
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