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December Dates to Celebrate:
 
December is Bingo Month-first manufactured in 1929-Try playing different types of bingo this
month.
 
December 17th-Ben and Jerrys Ice cream stand first opened- Why dont you have an Ice cream Party with different types of ice cream.
 
December 21-Crossword Puzzles Birthday-The first crossword puzzle was published on this date in 1913.Why don't you have a crossword puzzle party.
Give each resident a different puzzle to do for a set amount of time (5 minutes) then say switch, and have residents switch with other residents, and keep going the the puzzles are done.This activity is better suited for alert residents.
 
Christmas-December 25th- Why don't you have a Christmas Luncheon,with entertainment.Or have the staff sing karaoke christmas carols with your residents.Play games and have your present exchange with your residents.
 
New Years Eve- December 31st- Why dont you have a party at 12:00 noon,since everyone will be sleeping at midnite.Serve sparkling apple cider and have residents talk about their new years resolutions. 

Christmas Arts and Crafts:
 
Christmas card Wreath:
(this project might take one or two times to finish)
 
You will need:
 
wooden clothespins(40 for each wreath)
green paint
paint brush
red and green beads(medium size)
wire
 
Directions:
paint the clothespins and let dry.then take a clothes pin and run the wire through the middle of it,then take a bead and run the wire through it,then a clothespin,then bead,and so on,do this until you get the size of the wreath that you want,then tie the wire closed.then put your chistmas cards on the end of each clothespin.
 
 
 
Snow Globe:
 
You will need:
 
baby food jar
paint
florist clay
plastic holiday figure(santa,raindeer,snowman)
small plastic greenery
silver glitter
white glue
 
Directions:
Paint the lid of your baby food jar and let dry.press a piece of florist clay inside the lid and arrange the plastic figurine and greenery in the clay.squeeze a small drop of the glue to inside the lip of the lid.fill the jar with water and add about a teaspoon  of silver glitter,carefully place your scene inside the jar,sealing the lid tightly.let dry overnight.
in the morning shake the jar and watch the "snow" float down.

Sock Snowman

Materials:

  • White sock
  • Rice
  • Scraps of colorful fabric
  • Small black beads
  • 1 orange bead
  • Rubber band
  • Black paint or marker
  • Glue

Instructions:

Fill the sock 3 quarters full with rice.

Place a rubber band tightly around the top of the sock, leaving a couple of inches for the hat.

To create the hat, fold the lip of the sock over the top of the rubber band. Paint the hat with the black paint or marker.

To add the scarf, take a small strip of the colorful fabric and tie it around the sock (about 1/3 of the way down from the hat).

Place on eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons with black and orange beads.

This makes a great Christmas decoration!

Dishtowel Angel

Materials:

  • 1 dishtowel
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 Pot holder
  • Ribbon






Instructions:

Fan Fold the dishtowel lengthwise (Fig. 1). Fold in half and tie off about 2 to 3 inches from fold, this forms the head (Fig. 2).


Fanfold the washcloth (Fig. 3). This forms the arms.

Fanfold the potholder with the loop along top edge (Fig. 4). This forms the wings. Place the washcloth on top of the potholder and secure in the center with a ribbon (Fig. 5).

Lay towel on top of potholder and washcloth. Bring the arms (washcloth) around and tie together 1 inch from ends, this forms the hands and holds all the pieces together.

Angel Poem
An angel in the Kitchen
Watching the stew
Blesses your cooking
And all that you do.

Stuffed Gingerbread Man Craft

Instructions to make a stuffed gingerbread man decoration out of a paper bag and newspaper.

Materials Needed:

  • Large, Brown Paper Bag
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Stapler
  • Misc. Items to Embellish

Instructions:
Cut two large, identical gingerbread shapes out of a paper bag. Lay both gingerbread pieces together so the sides with any printing are touching - the outside pieces should be blank. Staple around the edges, but leave an opening in the top so you can stuff your gingerbread man. Wad up small pieces of newspaper and stuff your gingerbread man. Staple the opening shut.

You can now add eyes, nose, buttons, rick-rack, and anything else you want. You can also staple on a small yarn hoop to use for hanging.

 

Graham Cracker House

Materials Needed:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Icing
  • An Assortment of Candies

Instructions:
What you need to do is line a small sheet of card board with tin foil then place 4 crackers in a square standing up to form the base of the house. 'Glue' them together with iceing. Gently place 2 more graham crackers over the top to be the roof. Decorate your house using a variety of candy, which can be 'glued' on using the frosting.

Be creative and try your hand making different sized houses! For more support use a small box or milk carton as a base for your 'gingerbread' house. This will help it be sturdier.

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Candy Wreath

Make a wreath using hard, wrapped candies, ribbon, and a hanger! A fun decoration that you can eat.

Materials Needed:

  • Wire Hanger
  • About 35 Wrapped Candies
  • Curling Ribbon

Instructions:
Straighten the hanger and then cut it in half using wire cutters (only 1 half will be used). Bend one of the pieces of hanger into a circle shape. Twist one end around the other to secure, leaving about 3-inches of one of the ends free. Bend that end over to form a small circle or hook for hanging. Use a pair of pliers if necessary. If needed you can also use some duct tape to help secure the ends together.

Once you have the wreath base made, you can add the candy! You can use any kind of wrapped candy you like, anything from traditional peppermint rounds to suckers. About 35 of them will fill your hanger nicely, but this number can vary quite a bit from person to person because of how close they are tied together.

Cut the curling ribbon into 8-inch pieces. Take 1 piece of candy and tie it to the center of a piece of ribbon. Then, use the ribbon to tie the candy tightly onto the wreath. You can either cut off the extra ribbon or leave it. The ends can be curled to add a nice touch to your wreath. Continue this process until you have the wreath as full of candy as you like.

Hang your wreath and keep a pair of scissors nearby to share the candy with visitors!

Shredded Wheat Wreath

Make a wreath using shredded wheat cereal, submitted by Beth and Mark.

Materials Needed:

  • Cool Whip Type Lids
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Glue
  • Green Food Color
  • Red Hots

Instructions:
Crumble up shredded wheat and mix with enough glue and green food coloring to coat. Put it onto the cool whip lid and shape it around the edge so it looks like a wreath. Press in the red hots for the berries and let dry overnight.

Pine Cone Wreath

Materials Needed:

  • 8 Pine Cones (approximate)
  • Wire Coat Hanger
  • Duct Tape
  • Items to decorate your wreath
  • Glue

Instructions:
Cut the wire coat hanger in half and form it into a circle. Wind the two ends together. I them secured the ends and covered the entire circle with duct tape. This held it together better and gave the pine cones a better surface to stick to!

Once you have your circle formed, glue on the pine comes (a hot glue gun worked best for me). Decorate as desired. I added a ribbon and holly made out of crafting Foam. A added red beads for the holly berries.

If you want a larger wreath, just do not cut the wire hanger in half! :-)

 

Make your own Dutch pinwheel tree ornament with the materials below.

Assemble:

2-color heavy decorator foil or 2 colors lighter foil paper (gift-wrap is suitable), to be glued paper side to paper with foil sides out

scissors
ruler
1-inch brass paper fasteners
9-inch colored pipe cleaners
white glue


image: step 11. Cut a 6-inch square from the heavy foil, using a ruler to measure. Or, if you use lighter foil, cut two 6-inch squares, one of each color, and work both pieces together, foil sides out. Use a dab of white glue between the points and in the center to hold the squares together.

2. Cut a diagonal line from each corner to 1-inch from the center.
image: step 2
3. Take every other point and bend over center. With nail, knife, or hole punch, carefully make a small hole through the points at center. Push paper fastener through the hole from the front. Open paper fastener at back of pinwheel.
image: step 3
4. Attach pipe cleaner to back of fastener. Hang ornament from tree with pipe cleaner. Repeat for more pinwheels.

If desired, multicolored pinwheels may be made from several different heavy foils or light-colored combinations. If desired, use a 12-inch square to make a pinwheel ornament for the top of the tree or decoration elsewhere. image: step 4

Advent TP Christmas Tree

 

A fun way to count down the days until Christmas. Make this advent Christmas tree using toilet tissue or paper towel rolls.

Materials:

  • Posterboard or Cardboard
  • 12 Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint
  • Glue

Instructions:
Cut each toilet paper roll in half so you have 24 circles that are about 2 inches tall. Paint each circle green.

Once the paint is dry, glue them onto the posterboard into the shape of the Christmas tree below. (The circles below are different colors to make them easier to distinguish.)

Once the glue is dry, trim the posterboard around to toilet tissue rolls, into the shape of a Christmas tree. Place a small candy or other treat into each circle. Starting on December 1st, take out one piece of candy or treat per day to help you count down every day until Christmas!

 

Apple Cinnamon Ornament Craft

Instructions to make an apple cinnamon Christmas tree ornament.

Materials Needed:

  • Applesauce
  • Cinnamon
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Straw
  • Ribbon

Instructions:
Mix pretty much equal parts of the applesauce and the cinnamon until you get it to be a nice clay consistancy. Roll the dough out on wax paper until it is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Use the cookie cutters to cut out holiday shapes. With the straw, poke a small hole towards the top of the shape. Put the shapes in a warm spot to dry, this takes a few days! Once your sweet-smelling ornaments are dry you can string a 8 - 10 inch piece of ribbon through the hole you made with the straw and hang it up!

Christmas Spelling Bee
Have residents spell these words:
eve
joy
red
lord
peace
hark
noel
geese
frost
carols
santa claus
mistletoe
poinsettia
joyous
holiday
partridge
turkey
december
evergreen
yulelog
traditions
reindeer
nativity
sugarplum
ornaments

Holiday Trivia:
 
~what is the name of the famous singing chipmunk-Alvin
~what song contains the phrase"fa,la,la,la,la,la,la,la,la."-Deck the halls
~ what does "feliz navidad"mean-Merry Christmas in spanish
~ where does Santa leave presents-Under the tree,and in stockings
~what are the two colors of christmas-Red and green
~how many reindeer does Santa have-With Rudolph,nine.
~name the flower associated with Christmas-Poinsettia
~name a food item people often string together to make garland-Popcorn,cranberries.
~ name the famous Christmas ballet- The Nutcracker


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