We also do gingerbread houses as a 3rd grade tradition. I read Gingerbread House Mouse, and the students write a similar story using a different creature that could potentially live in their gingerbread house. (Living in the midst of hte stink bug land I expect many to be about stink bugs this year.)
We do not do the gingerbread kits though. We have each child bring in a pint size container and a container of frosting (the whipped white kind works the best). Then the room mom's call to have others volunteer to bring in all the fun candies to decorate. I look forward to it all month. We play a yule log dvd and listen to holiday music. The kids love to sing along.
Our school also does a Holiday Sing A Long in the gym for the last day of school, another great tradition we all look forward to!
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