It's Christmas!!!

Ok not quite, but nearly!!

Bear with me - this post has a few things in it!!

First - CURRENTLY!! It's the start of a new month - and while I'm sure people have now read about 100 of these posts, here is mine!


Most of it is fairly self explanatory!!  Just remember that I am in New Zealand! So we have our summer break coming up from the 17th of December!  Kids come back to school on the 3rd of February.  I CAN'T WAIT!!!

The big reveal though!! This is exciting.  Some of you know that I'm going through a name change (on my blog!) from "The E-Z Class" to "Learning to be Awesome!"  Because the wonderful Zelda, whom I have been team teaching with this year, is leaving our school to go and teach at a school closer to her home.  She will be greatly missed!  So I'm giving myself an early Christmas present and the amazing Megan over at A bird in the hand designs is currently working on an up do of my little blog!! Just in time for my blogiversary too by the looks of it!  

My family is all spread out now, so traditions aren't really kept any more.  Actually, we had our Christmas yesterday (on the 1st of December) because my brother is working on Christmas day - and this was the only weekend we could all get together.  I'm pretty sure we started a new tradition for the kids yesterday, and it was SOOOO much fun!! I set up a treasure hunt, a bit like an Easter egg hunt, around my brother's farm.  "Santa" had written a letter to the kids (aged 7-1) and they had to search for their presents.  I had managed to find a whole bunch of toys and books for the kids for less than $10.  Then there was a lolly hunt too.  The kids were over the moon!!
Reading Santa's letter
Starting the hunt




Presents time.  We each had a $10 budget and were only allowed to shop at a charity shop.

My niece the paparazzo (her photos weren't too bad either!)

She's only 3 1/2

Treasure hunt number 2 - My dad took the lead on this one




Malakai meeting Bert the horse 

My mum is wonderful, and is all about making sure that Christmas doesn't become too commercialised in our family.  We always have a secret santa person - and that's it.  NO buying for anyone else unless you personally want to.  $50 limit.  I love it!  You really have to get creative and think about the person you got!  
Then last year my two brothers were in New Zealand, but my parents, my two sisters, my sister's friend, and I were in San Diego for Christmas.  We were so impressed by the Dollar Tree store that we had a "Dollar Tree Christmas" where you had a $5 (plus tax) limit to buy for EVERY one.  It was awesome!! Absolutely the best Christmas ever.  (Until yesterday)

Okay - Well done for making it to the bottom of this rather long post!! Just a quick reminder - I'm part of an amazing giveaway that closes at the end of the week.  You could win a $100 Target gift card, or a $20 TPT card, or a $10 TPT card.  PLUS some awesome resources! Check it out here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then head on back to Farley's blog to see what the other 200 and something people who have linked up are currently up to!!

For the last time as The E-Z Class - Erin


The E-Z Class

14 comments

  1. What cute photos! We don't finish until the 20th of December so am very jealous! Hope it's not too hot over in NZ at the moment - East Coast of Australia is terrible!

    Alison
    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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    1. Hot enough, but definitely bearable. It's really muggy in Auckland - which is harder to bear than the heat!! Give it a few weeks and we can spend our time by the beach - then the temperature will be just right!! (I'm hoping at least!!!!!)

      Erin

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful early Christmas! I wish I could be on a beach soon, instead we are supposed to have snow on Friday! Glad I found you through the linky!

    Rissa
    Keep Calm and Hoot On

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    1. Hey Rissa!! If it makes you feel any better, I wont be going to a beach anytime soon either - It's POURING down with rain here!!
      Great to have you here :)

      Erin

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  3. Hi there! I found your blog through Farley's Linky. I really enjoyed reading about your Christmas traditions and seeing all the great photos! You can just see the joy on the kid's faces when they were on their treasure hunt! Such a great idea. Happy Holidays to you! I'm your newest follower!

    :) Samantha
    Making Lemonade in Second Grade

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    1. Hey samantha!
      So good to have you here. I may be baised, but i really do think that those kida are the cutest in the whole world! Such a fun day. I kove a giod treasure hunt!
      Thanks for stopping by, ill head over and check your boog out after school!!

      Erin

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  4. The pictures look like you guys had great fun.

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    1. Thanks Markisha!
      It was an awesome day - the kids were awesome and had so much fun :)
      Erin

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  5. Super excited about your awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed I'm one of the lucky three!
    A friend of mine just named her son Malakai and I had never heard that name anywhere else until your blog but I love it. Christmas looks like it was a blast. Love the treasure hunt ideas!
    Kayla
    Rooting for Third Grade

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    1. It's a cool name!! His is pronounced the same as Malachi - but they are part Tongan, hence the spelling. Good luck - I'm not sure if the names have been drawn yet!!

      Erin

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  6. Looks like your first of December Christmas was very special! There is something more meaningful when you put thought into one special person instead of the Christmas buying frenzy. Less is more! Congrats on your upcoming blogiversary and blog design makeover! Excited to see the unveiling.

    Sincerely,
    She
    Fun Teaching Videos!

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    1. It really was something quite special! Thanks - I'm so super excited for the big reveal! Might have to break out a big giveaway then too!!

      Erin

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  7. Great photos...and I love your new blog name!
    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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    1. Thanks Deb!! Can't wait for the big reveal!!

      Erin

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