A Little House on the Prairie Christmas

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My 6 year old son gave me a wonderful idea last week when he brought me our Little House Cookbook and asked if we could make some of the Christmas recipes from it.

Our absolute favorite Little House book is Farmer Boy and Christmas is so descriptively protrayed in this book, I would highly recommend it as a December read aloud for any family.  (Or better yet, get A Little House Christmas Treasury as a way to pull out only the Christmas stories from each of the Little House books!)  My little son had not forgotten the wonderful recipes made by Almanzo and his family and he wanted to recapture those stories.  I am always willing to oblige any fun that doubles as a homeschool lesson.

(My children also LOVE the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls they received last year for Christmas…these are fun to play with while you read.)

A few nights ago, I got to snooping around on the internet trying to find some things that revolved around the idea of a Little House on the Prairie Christmas theme.  I found some really neat ideas and I wanted to share those with you.  I doubt I’ll be able to do everything listed here, but I wanted to make this a good resources I could come back and reference (so, feel free to share any resources you have, so I can add them to my list!).

*Make a Handkerchief Pioneer Doll – While this isn’t the rag doll Laura received for Christmas as a child, it is still a good representation of what some children would have received during that era.  In fact, a few years back, I made these for my girls for Christmas.  They were much loved.

*Make Pioneer Taffy – This is one recipe I am bound and determined to try this year!  I have wanted to do this for many, many years with the children, and now I have so many taffy-pullers, it ought to prove to be quite a fun project!

*Make an Old Fashioned Christmas Garland – You always read about children sitting around threading cranberries and popcorn, but I’ve never taken the time to actually do this with my children.  This week we sat down and did this and then decorated the house with our creations.

*Make a Clove-Apple Pomander – I love the smell of cloves, and this craft comes right from the pages of Little House in the Big Woods!

*Make Little House on the Prairie Christmas Cakes – This is a super-easy recipe that will bring lots of smiles to little faces!  I’m considering having my girls make these for Christmas morning!

*Make Hand-Dipped Candles – This is one of those “someday projects”, but at least this tutorial makes it look somewhat simple.  She does say it isn’t a fast project (and I seriously hate melting wax), but surely I can manage one round of this project at some point if for no other reason than the memory.

*Try crafts from My Little House Crafts – We don’t own this book, but it would be a neat resource to have on hand. (If you do own this book, leave a comment telling me what you think of it!)

*Watch this Little House on the Prairie Christmas episode

They don’t shy away from speaking Jesus’ name. Refreshing!

I’m pinning this to my Christmas board on Pinterest, so I don’t forget to try some of these things.  Won’t you join us in a few Little House on the Prairie projects this Christmas?!

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  1. OOOOh I haven’t done the popcorn stringing since I was a kid! I remember mom would make a big batch of popcorn and I’d sit with a needle and thread and string them up and then we’d decorate the tree with the long strings!

    THank you for reminding me–I haven’t thought of that in years! Now I need to get that done with my munchkins. :)

  2. Great ideas!! We live about an hour from the Almanzo Wilder Farm and go there every couple if years. On our last trip, we purchased the Little House craft book. It’s WONDERFUL and I highly recommend it.

  3. I love the read-aloud idea. Thanks! We will probably finish our Christmas read-aloud book within a week so I requested the Little House Christmas Treasury book from our library so I have something else to continue with. I also love the idea of the Christmas episodes. I see on Amazon that you can actually buy just the Christmas episodes on DVD. It would be fun to add that in as a yearly tradition…family movie night enjoying the Ingalls family Christmas. You could even string your popcorn as you watched!

  4. How funny is this….my daughter and I have JUST been getting into Little House on the Prairie! What a perfect timed post. We are going to watch the Christmas episode together right now. I wonder if i can find my daughter dolls, and other Little house themed things like you’ve featured….

  5. Thank you Amy for recongnizing LHOTP for Christmas! These are great ideas, and I was just thinking over the past few days about how I want our Christmas to reflect more of Him and more simplicity.

    We are absolute LHOTP fans around here, and long to live somewhat like they did–less of the world, hard-working, and thankful for the simple life and things of it. :)

    This past summer, we took a 4100 mile family(and dog included) road trip, and saw 3 of the 7 sites (we went to Kansas, North Dakota and Missouri). I highly recommend it! I’ve blogged about it if anyone is interested. Blessings!

  6. Thank you for including a link to my blog’s Handkerchief Doll tutorial. I’m a great fan of Laura Ingall’s Wilder and enjoyed sharing all things pioneer with my children when they were young homeschoolers.

  7. I just got season 1 and 2 of Little House for my daughter. She has been watching them non stop. She is in love and so am I. Thanks for posting this. It will be perfect stuff for us to do during Christmas break.

  8. How fun is this?! I love the Little House books! So much, in fact, that my eldest sons middle name is Manly. :) Hope to see some pics of some of the fun things you guys get to do!

  9. What a great list! My daughter LOVED the story about Santa Claus meeting with Mr. Edwards (it opened up a great door to talk about St. Nicholaus, Santa and the true meaning of Christmas!) I was just so struck by how grateful Laura and Mary were for the little things they got.

    I’m planning to make some of the molasses cookies they got in their stocking with the kiddos and LOVE your other ideas!

  10. Love, love, love this! We are in the midst of our third time reading aloud the whole series. Currently we are in the middle of “On the Banks of Plum Creek” and just met Nellie Oleson again. (Farmer Boy is probably our favorite in lots of ways.) So many great lessons to be learned in these books. Thanks for sharing these!!

  11. The apple-clove pomander sounds like it would smell just delicious! I remember making something similar as a kid except with an orange and cloves not an apple.

  12. I loved doing this when my son was young. We started when he was four with Little House in the Big Woods and did Christmas every year after that until we finished the books. We also did Little House weeks for each book featuring the foods in each book–you’d be amazed how relaxing this way of life is compared to modern times.