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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 17 – Meet and Greet Santa Claus

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in UAE! There may not be snow on the ground,  but decorations are popping up at every corner and special holiday events are being held almost daily. 

There are so many special activities to enjoy with your family this season. Most of the malls are celebrating festive season with beautifully decorated Santa’s Grotto, complete with Santa’s helper, the Elf.

So for our day 17 of Christmas Calendar Countdown – we visited Santa’s Grotto at Dubai Festival City.   The #cerradokids had the opportunity to experienced a magical meet and greet with Santa Claus. Santa’s Grotto also captured the moment by taking home a complimentary photograph with Santa.

They also handed us an envelope with complimentary vouchers to the amazing Fabyland, family entertainment centre.The boys got to try some of the big rides such as Air Racer, Bumper Car, Family Swing and Wall Climbing.  

We also let them ride in the Choo Choo train for the price of aed 10 each, the joy in their face are worth more than that. Isabelle is extremely glad.

                            Eight days to go! Enjoy the season, and Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 16 – Family Time

This is what our Friday looks like.. cuddling up on the couch and watching christmas movies with my favorite people. Does it get any better?💏👪👬

For our day 16 of our christmas calendar countdown – cuddle.snuggle.watching and play time with family😍  

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 15 – Santa’s Face Paper Plate Craft

Christmas is such a fun time of the year for crafting! We’ve already had so much fun with the Christmas crafts we’ve made thus far, but I’ve really been looking forward to making a Santa Craft with my kids.

For our day 15 of our Christmas Calendar Countdown – we made Santa’s Face using a paper plate and construction paper.

            This one so simple and adorable!  Since it is also winter break for Angelo,  we’ve invited his friend/classmate/busmate to come over our house for playdate.Keith was so excited to start the activity.   

The kids had a blast making thier Santa and I know I’m a little biased, but I think also Keith enjoyed our craft.

   Their Santa’s Craft turned out adorable mask.  

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 14 – Christmas Treats for kids

We are just 12 days away from Christmas!  I don’t know about you, but it just doesn’t seem real yet. 

And speaking of holiday, tomorrow is the last day of Angelo for this term. With that being said he needs to bring food to share with his classmates. And what is christmas party without a sweet, right?!

There’s just something magical about baking and making treats with kids during the holidays.

For our day 14 of our christmas calendar countdown – we baked christmas treats.

 There’s nothing the kids will love more than a good cookie! My kids love cookies too and so I was thinking how I should come up with a cookie option both Angelo and his classmates would enjoy.   We decided to bake M&M cookies because they are colourful and super cute.And of course who doesn’t love M&M chocolates?! Next time I think I’ll make these cookies mini size with mini chocolate chips. Double cute!

To make them look pretty, and exciting, and unbelievably tasty.Each M&M cookie is packed using sandwich bag, in which I cut it into half. To make the kids mouth water in anticipation of consuming this delicious cookie favor, I sealed it with a cute Santa’s bag topper.  

Now I can say that these babies are my new holiday favorite treats.  

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Christmas Calendar Countdown- Day 12 -Do you want to build a Snowman

It’s getting a little chilly outside, and ’tis the season for our favorite winter activity. Unfortunately, there isn’t any snow here in UAE, so the #cerradokids have never had the pleasure of building their own versions of Frosty (or Olaf, whichever you prefer).

To satisfy their desire to partake in the winter tradition of snowman fun, I decided to put together a Snowman Building Workshop with softest homemade playdough. 

For our day 12 0f Christmas Calendar Countdown – We build a Snowman and we watched Frosty the Snowman..  

Setting Up the Snowman Playdough Activity

After we made the playdough, I gathered materials that could be used to decorate our snowmen.   We used googly eyes in my crafting supplies. I also found some ribbon that I cut into small strips to use as scarves.  And of course our snowmen would need arms, so I went down hunting for twigs in the vacant lot near our building and added our findings to the supplies.  The kids had a blast making their snowmen at the snowman workshop!  
  I’m sure we’ll be doing this christmas winter activity many more times in the future!   

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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 11 – Eat.Drink and Be Happy

Hello Friends!  

Hope you are all staying warm! It is absolutely cold here. Brrr!  
Because we have been cooped up inside during the long weekend, my boys are starting to go a little stir crazy.So we treat them with their favorite nuggets and fries. 😝😝😝

They were too excited and happy na! Simple happiness!

For Day 11 of our Christmas Calendar Countdown – Dinner at Mc Donald’s


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Christmas Calendar Countdown – Day 8 – Lego STEAM Challenge

I love all things Christmas and am always excited to do a bit of decorating the house.

This year I decided to add a LEGO Christmas Scene to our christmas calendar countdown.

For our day 8 of christmas calendar countdown we did LEGO STEAM Challenge.

 If you are looking for an easy to make LEGO Christmas activity, I suggest to include this in your list. I asked Angelo to make something Christmas-y and this is what he came up with. A LEGO Christmas tree and little LEGO gifts with LEGO Mixels Santa.

 Happy LEGO building! Have a terrific holiday with your family.