Sunday, November 25, 2012

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy cane reindeer are far from new as far as Christmas crafts go, but never underestimate the classics when you have a toddler. Even though crafts like these may seem old and worn out to us, they're new and exciting to a 2-year-old child who is still learning about the many symbols of Christmas like reindeer and candy canes.

At our house, we have fun with Christmas icons like Santa and his reindeer and elves, but we also incorporate stories, crafts, and lessons that teach about the very first Christmas. With all the excitement about presents, it's easy to forget why we give those presents or have symbols like stars all around us this time of year. That is why Baby Bear and I added this candy cane mini-book to our classic reindeer craft. Truthfully, I don't know if the candy cane really started as a symbol of a shepherd's staff or has red and white stripes to represent forgiveness, but I love that these mini-books helps redirect our thoughts toward the more selfless aspects of Christmas. Plus, we still had fun making our cute candy cane reindeer.

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