Sunday, December 25, 2016

NDNorth: The Wonder of Christmas

As Frank and Veronica just joined New Day North in May, this year is their first true celebration of Christmas. Introducing them to a few traditions brought sweet and priceless reactions. What could build anticipation and excitement more than these curious activities of bringing in a tree...


stringing lights...


...and setting them aglow?




The light snowfall outside created the perfect Christmastime feel around the hustle and bustle of stringing and decorating. 







But the tree was only the beginning of the festivities! There were gifts to prepare for little friends who were coming to celebrate... 




Cookies were ready to be decorated...



Young and old jumped into the rolling and cutting and sprinkling...




What's Christmas without carols?


Gifts were due to be given, and Frank and Veronica discovered the joy of giving.




Not only to little friends, but to nannies too! Merry Christmas, Lillian!


 Gifts are also to be received! What do you think is in the bag, Frank?


Frank was just a *little* pleased with his new outfit... 



What do you think of your gift, Veronica?


Pretty in pink...


And finally, what is Christmas without good friends and a big hug?


Merry Christmas, everyone! 圣诞快乐!

A Playroom Nativity: 2016










Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cookie Decorating

Each family has their own Christmas traditions. Here at New Day we have our own traditions too! One of the children's favorite traditions is decorating sugar cookies.

Dozens and dozens of cookies are baked, icing is made, and sprinkles are gathered in preparation for the decorating party.



Some of the older kids like Hudson are old pros. He quickly decorated his cookies, adding just the right amount of icing and sprinkles.


It was Owen's first time to decorate cookies, but he quickly learned how much fun decorating could be! 


Jackson and Isaac got a little help from their foster mamas.




It was so fun to watch the different decorating techniques.

Freddy carefully placed each sprinkle on his cookie.


Lukas preferred dumping a bunch of sprinkles on at once.


And Eli thought pouring the sprinkles on as fast as possible was the best idea.


Sophie and Piper wondered how much icing they should put on their cookie.





Everyone did a great job decorating their cookies, however, we all know the very best part of decorating Christmas cookies is eating them!