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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Day 24
Making Magic

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The presents are wrapped, Santa's sack is filled, the reindeer are ready. Bring on the sleigh...

I was babysitting the other day and had the afternoon all planned out. We were going to make Christmas cards for mummy and daddy, read Christmas stories, take a nap, eat dinner, and then play a game until mummy and daddy picked them up. At least, that's what I thought.

While we were making our cards, I asked Caitlin what she thought would be the most fun thing to do on Christmas Eve. (I had an ulterior motive. I was trying to come up with a big idea for the last of our Kinetic Christmas blogs and I thought, why not go to the source.)

She said quite simply, "I'd like to ride with Santa."

I thought, "why not?"

Out came the trusty cardboard boxes I always have on hand, and we set off on an afternoon of magic making…

We made sure our sleigh fit just right.

We decided our sleigh needed headlights 
for nighttime driving.

We made Santa's seat by cutting the sides of the box, and used the extra bits to make runners for smooth take-offs and landings. We decorated the runners...

...and added sparkles.
(Sparkles make the magic that makes the sleigh fly.)

We added tinsel for extra magic. (Lots of tinsel)

We added the reindeer reins.

And we were ready to fly!

With the reindeer in the back, of course.

Somehow, everyone got their turn!

And together, we flew right past dinnertime!

Take-out, anyone?