Oh that Christmas door again!! My best door ever was the year we used a
"William Wegman" theme. I bought a disposable camera and let each kid in my
homeroom (middle school) take the camera home for one night. I had the kids all
pumped up after showing them photos of the Wegman dogs. I have a great book
and also pictures from several calendars. The kids had to take a photo of
their pet using some sort of holiday theme or idea. I challenged them not to
choose the obvious, such as an animal with a bow on its head, in a box!!
They brainstormed a variety of ideas in class. We started our plans the
beginning of November. We displayed the kids photos on the door, along with a big
Wegman print of his dog with bows and balls on its head! The day we got out
for Christmas, I showed the kids the video of the Wegman dogs doing "The
Twelve Days of Christmas". They love it!!
Another year we made a jumbo gingerbread house out of corrugated cardboard
(the right color), gesso in cake decorating tubes, and real candy. It was
funny that the kids did not swipe the candy after it had been sitting in the
Another year we did self portraits as carolers! They were placed in
groups on a snowy background. Their arms came out to be 3D to hold a book. And
the best part was the tape recording of the kids signing holiday songs that I
"jerry-rigged" to the back of the door and played during class changes. My
kids are glad that I teach Art instead of music.