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December 2014

Christmas Bargains – 50-70% OFF

I can hardly believe that December is almost over… let alone that Christmas is over – phew I can finally relax! One of my favorite days of the year is shopping all the amazing deals the day after Christmas. We’re talking 50-70% off here people… What could be better than that? I tend to go a little crazy and purchase everything in sight. This year I definitely went a little overboard compared to last year.

This year I woke up at 5 AM. Yes, you read that correctly – 5 AM! On. Christmas. Break. What!?!? I met a colleague of mine (also a Kindergarten teacher) and we had a mission to go to the following stores: Walmart, Meijer, Target, Pier 1, Walgreens, KMart, and Michael’s.

First Stop – Walmart

The first stop – Walmart. From my experience from last year, I knew Walmart would have some amazing deals. What do I usually look for at Walmart? Incentives. Incentives. Incentives. They have a large selection of candy (baby bottle pops, gum, candy canes, etc.). I also purchase a lot of smaller toys for stocking stuffers. Walmart’s selection of stuffed animals is crazy! As you can see from my cart.. I went a little crazy.

At 7:00 we went to Meijer, but I wasn’t impressed with anything that they had there. I purchased bows for my parent Christmas wreath that my students make each year.

8:00 – We went to Pier 1. This store is NOT a good place to be the day after Christmas. I wanted everything! I definitely spoiled myself for some new classroom decorations for next year.

I won’t take you through the whole day, but I will tell you that we didn’t finish shopping until 3:00 PM! It was definitely a long day, but I got some amazing deals. Check out all the other pictures from our journey.

The “Aftermath” of shopping – Yikes!

Christmas Decorations

Hi, everyone! December is definitely my favorite time of the year. As soon as Thanksgiving weekend is here, the classroom Christmas decorations come out! I am very fortunate to be able to celebrate Christmas in my class, and I love to go all out too! When I say all out… I mean ALL OUT!

Last year, as a first year teacher, I spent a lot of money purchasing decorations for my classroom. It’s crazy how much decorations cost too! Ornaments, Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, stockings… I could go on forever! However, it seems like each year I buy more and more decorations for my room. That can’t be bad, right? Here are a couple pictures of my room during the month of December. Enjoy!

 This is my reading “nook” – one of my FAVORITE parts of my room! The snowflakes that are hanging from the ceiling are from Dollar Tree!

I am probably most proud of my fireplace. Every child in the class has a stocking that I fill with goodies throughout the month of December. On the last day before Christmas break, my students get to take their goodies home! 

Our elf named Chippie!

My dog, Chey, decided to come visit the classroom! She wasn’t a big fan of Santa.

How much are you able to decorate for Christmas? I take a lot of pride in my classroom as well as my students. I am truly blessed to have such incredible, support parents. I hope each and every one of you has a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!