Faux gingerbread people ornaments were the craft at Little Learners this past Thursday. This little person is Madeline's first homemade Christmas ornament, and I think she did a great job (though I did help her with the glitter-glue outline on her gingerbread person's hair). Madeline showed more restraint with glitter than the rest of her classmates did. I didn't ask Madeline's teacher where she found the foam gingerbread people, but I suspect it was at Michaels ('cause it's the only place in town, pretty much).
This is Madeline's third Christmas, but it's the first one where I'm trying to explain the "Christmas" concept to her. She really likes looking at the outdoor lights when we are driving to pick up her dad from work after the sun goes down. We were going to take her to our community's children's holiday party yesterday, but she elected not to go (well, she elected not to get dressed, really), even when I explained that there were cookies and a present involved. She generally thinks that reindeer are moose, but in her world, all antlered creatures are moose (she's done a lot of growing up in Newfoundland, after all). We've bought her two Christmas-y books to read (Merry Christmas, Curious George and the delightful Bear Stays Up for Christmas), and she likes them, but I'm not sure how much she truly understands yet. But it's okay; she's still quite little, and I'm sure that next year she'll be too excited to go to sleep on Christmas Eve.