By contributing writer Colleen
‘Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse…
I love building Christmas traditions with my kids and knowing that they look forward to them each year. One of our favorite holiday traditions is to turn off all the lights in the family room and lie on the floor cuddled up with a Christmas book.
And we’ve read The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore every year (at least once) since my now eleven-year-old was born.
This year we made super cute candy cane Christmas mice to go along with our Christmas celebrations, and we plan to pass them out to people during Advent as we go about doing random acts of kindness each day. My kids are calling them “Twitcher McGee” after the main character of another Christmas book we love, Twitcher McGee and the Wonderful Tree by Mary C Ryan.
These mice would also be a sweet Christmas tree decoration or a cute gift tag to accompany a kid gift.
Christmas mice are really easy to make. You simply need felt, pom poms, candy canes, scissors, googly eyes, and glue. We used a template and tutorial found on Southern Plate.
One afternoon of crafting yielded several dozen Christmas mice and three delighted children. I often find them creating more mice from felt scraps — these are that easy.
Do you have simple go-to Christmas crafts that you like to make with your kids during the holidays? I’d love to hear about them. Share some of your ideas in the comments.