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And of course we did crafts!
First we played with paper dolls. She picked which outfits I should cut out.
Little Miss Christmas and Holly Belle, a reprint of a favorite paper doll I had as a child.

Beautiful color and detail in Little Miss Christmas and Holly Belle paper dolls be E.A.Voss, 1965

Beautiful color and detail in Little Miss Christmas and Holly Belle paper dolls by E.A.Voss, 1965


Little Miss Christmas wears her snowflake headband

Little Miss Christmas wears her snowflake headband


While we were playing with paper dolls, we entertained each other by reciting lines from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer animated film. “Herbie doesn’t like to make toys!” “This fog is as thick as peanut butter. You mean pea soup. You eat what you like, I’ll eat what I like!” “Or a cowboy that rides an ostrich!” “We’re all misfits!” Oh we laughed and laughed and even forgot to go to bed at a decent hour!

When it was bedtime, my granddaughter insisted that Little Miss Christmas and Holly Belle have soft bedding. So we quickly made card stock beds with tissue-stuffed tissue pillows and tissue sheets and blankets.

My granddaughter tucks a little "favorite stuffy" next to each paper dollie, tucked under her tissue sheets.

She tucks a “favorite stuffy” next to each paper dollie, nestled beneath her tissue sheets.


The next day we tested crayon colors. I usually keep the crayons sorted
by color in the bottoms of recycled water bottles, all neatly tucked in a big tin. But we got all the crayons out because some had been mixed up. It’s hard to tell what color a crayon is just by the wrapper so it was fun discovering new favorites by drawing.
I taught her how to draw snowflakes. We tested out a lot of crayon colors and made a page of colorful snowflakes.
She wanted to know how to draw diamonds so I taught her how. Then she colored kites.
"Drawing diamonds and they are kites."

Drawing diamonds and kites.


Testing crayon colors
Such a sweet time we had.
My granddaughter picks colors to test before drawing in her sketchbook.

My granddaughter picks colors to test before drawing in her sketchbook.

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