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12 Days of Christmas Day 1

November 13, 2012

Day 1- The Nutcracker- You will receive a Nutcracker coloring book for each child.

The -Mikhail Baryshnikov version from our childhood- full length on Youtube

Questions to ask while viewing if you so choose.


Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up! I just remember how exciting it was to see Holly as an Angel.  Me all pretty in a little dress in Mom’s arms. I think I am going to make Matt dress up as we watch too!  He will want to kill me! 

#1 Toy Soldier Popsicle Stick Ornament

Jumbo and also Mini Craft Sticks make a Cute Soldier

The body is made from a jumbo craft stick, the arms are mini sticks and the hat is a 3/4″ long end piece from a jumbo craft stick.

At the last minute, I added a thin lighter blue stripe between the bottom of the pants legs and the black boot. The colors were both dark and needed some sort of separation.

2. Draw a Nutcracker

3.  Nutcracker Printable puppets.  If you choose to make the puppets and have a little tree in the house, use it for a prop! If not try this one!



(Large and uncolored)

4. Nutcracker printable small and colored

(can be used at cupcake/ muffin toppers or food picks),r:3,s:0,i:83

5. Mouse snack


4. Nutcracker Printable Small and colored- could go on toothpick in food or cupcake.,r:3,s:0,i:83




  • 24 maraschino cherries with stems
  • Waxed paper
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 24 milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
  • 48 almond slices
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Black paste food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • 3 plastic sandwich bags


  1. Drain the cherries and pat them dry with paper towels. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat them until smooth, working in 15-second intervals, stirring between each.
  3. Holding a cherry by its stem, dip it into the chocolate and swirl it around to completely cover the fruit. Set it on its side on the waxed paper and immediately press a Hershey’s Kiss onto the cherry for the head. For the ears, gently wedge two almond slices between the Kiss and the cherry. Repeat to make 24 mice.
  4. Make a thick icing by mixing 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with a teaspoon of water. If the mixture is too dry, stir in more water, a few drops at a time, until you have a thick, smooth icing. Divide the icing among three small bowls.

Tint one bowl of icing black and one pink. Spoon each of the three icings into a plastic bag and snip a tiny corner from each. Pipe white eye dots on the mice, then refrigerate them until set, about 10 minutes. Add black pupils and pink noses. Keep the mice in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them or give them away.

6. Online game where the nutcracker kicks the dancers- I so laughed out loud when I played!

  1. 5.  Audio version for children- can mp3 download free/ or on computer while reading the words.

Primary Story

Longer Version

8. Printable nutcracker puppet that uses brads to hinge.

9. Mouse Cheese Snack

Use a laughing cow cheese.

Ears can be made of hotdogs, carrots, almond slices etc.

The eyes are sesame seed, but using a bit of black olive like the nose will help too.

The tail in a chive.

10. Ballet lessons online


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