One of the book series that I love are the Olivia books. There are two types: the true Olivia books, and those based on the television series. The true books are much better. I couldn’t resist using Olivia helps with Christmas in our 24 books of Christmas. It was our book on Day 20.
I think the reason I love Olivia so much is that she reminds me of Kaitlyn. She is a precious young pig (that is where they differ), she thinks she is very proper and has the best of intentions, very creative and artistic but a bit of a drama queen. To top it off the last page is a picture of Olivia dreaming of dancing in the Nutracker and only a couple of days prior to reading this book my dad and I took Kaitlyn to see the Nutcracker, the third year in a row.
Our original plan was to make Christmas cards on the 2oth but I came across a post on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas on gift tags and thought these would be fun – and they could make more of them then if we made Christmas cards. The 2oth was also the day of Kaitlyn’s mini recital in her piano class and the dress rehearsal for the school concert so we had Kaitlyn’s friend Maggie over for the afternoon. We had an hour break between the two events so this was a good time for all 3 girls to make their gift tags. I decided we would try 4 that were all painted: finger print Christmas trees, finger print Rudolph, finger print wreath and painted candy canes.
I set the girls up with one design at a time and gave them just a bit of instruction. They were very creative and I was amazed how determined Eileen was to do hers all by herself. I was bit nervous as I only had green acrylic paint but I have never seen her paint so neatly before. They were not quite dry in time so Kaitlyn finished Maggie’s for her but they all turned out pretty cute. These could easily be done with an entire Kindergarten class.