This year for the 12 Days of Christmas*, I themed the days and gifts with fairy tales. The first fairy tale? The story of Sheherazade, so the girls could hear about another lady who told a story a day. As I expected, they were pretty gifted-out that day, so it was low-key and the story was the beginning and end of the first day’s gifts.
For the second day, we read Jack and the Beanstalk. I gave each of the girls little tiny pots and seeds to grow, plus a bag of “magic beans” we started sprouting. Sure enough, they sprouted within a couple days and the little one was fascinated. I was gratified to hear her ask for “Jack anna beanstall?” a couple days after I showed her the beans had sprouted. I hope the little pots will sprout, too!
*WTF is the 12 days of Christmas? It’s something I’ve done for a second time this year, to try to offset the avalanche of gifts my nieces get, and to try to get some quality do-something time with them while I visit. I’ve got more info about it a few posts ago. I had a sweet picture of all the boxes wrapped up and decorated to look like books on a shelf, labelled for each day, but damned if somehow that didn’t get deleted. Sadness. I even brought watercolor paints with me to Michigan to paint them onsite!! Edit: Dude, I totally found it!