Start bedtime routine as usual, while one parent makes bags of popcorn and hot cocoa and places them in the car, dont forget to have Christmas music to play! When the kids climb into bed, they will find a ticket hidden. The kids are instructed to grab their slippers and head for the car. Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, you hole punch the ticket, and travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights. Oh, I am absolutely doing this.
Another upcycling idea: Cut off bottoms of water and soda bottles and paint snowflakes on them. Use hole punch near one edge for hanger...yarn, ribbon, wire, etc. Simple...good craft to work with children of almost any age.
What a cool (and practical!) tradition to start with kids! Santa sacks. I like the idea of leaving old toys for santa to take and fix up and give to other kids. Great way to get kids to give away old toys!