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Sunday, November 29, 2015

My Favorite Christmas Memory {with a Freebie}

Christmas has to be one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love the Christmas lights that twinkle at me as we drive around the neighborhoods. I enjoy listening to children sing Christmas carols for our school program. I have fun shopping for the perfect gift for my friends and family.

To get you in the spirit of the holidays, a group of us from Fabulous Freebies for Teachers have teamed up to share some favorite holiday memories and some fabulous freebies for you to use this winter in your classroom!

My absolute favorite Christmas tradition is making Christmas cookies as a family. Every year, my mom would make the best shortbread cookies ever. She would let us use the cookie cutters to help cut them out. When they were baked and cooled, my brother and sister and I all sat around the table and frosted cookies.

Probably the part of this tradition that was the most memorable however, was the fact that Mom only had one tool to pipe the frosting on with. That meant that we could only use one color frosting at a time and we had to take turns using that color. Was that frustrating at times? You bet! But it also made for some great times of conversation and laughter. It also forced us as kids to slow down and make fun of admire the cookies that the others were decorating. My brother and sister and I still enjoy reminiscing about how much fun we had frosting sugar cookies every year.

{I will say that the first year we were all married, we tried this tradition with our spouses. They didn't have quite the same sentimental feeling about the process. Now when we frost cookies with all of our children, we make sure we have plenty of frosting and tools so that all the kids can frost at once!}

To celebrate this fun memory, I have a Christmas cookie word sort that will be perfect for your students during the holiday season.  My first graders have recently been learning about nouns, verbs, and adjectives. To help them practice over the next few weeks, I will have them read the words on the Christmas cookies and sort them onto the correct cookie sheet. 

 Christmas Cookie Word Sort Freebie

They will then write each word in the correct column on the recording page. I specifically chose all short vowel words for the cookies so that it would be simple for my first graders to read independently. You can pick up this product for free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Also my entire store is 20% of today and tomorrow. Along with the site wide 10% off sale, you can save up to 28% off of some amazing educational products! Don't forget to click the green star to hear about other new free products as I upload them.

Winter Freebies Blog Hop

Don't forget to hop over to my friend Laura's blog next by clicking on the image above to pick up another fabulous freebie!


  1. I LOVE IT!!! Our Freebies compliment each other!!!! I just got it!!! =D

  2. I love that your memories link with your product- thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at Global Glitter Tribe too! Xx