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We decorated the Christmas tree, hung lights on the house and even managed to buy a few Christmas presents this weekend. While in the store, I didn’t realize I was whistling a Christmas song until another man walking past me started whistling the song too. He was so so excited and made it look like we had planned this or something. When I looked at him, his eyes were “shiny and bright” as if to be smiling and saying, “We sound good dude!”  It was awkward, yet I continued as if to say, “I’m playing along as I walk away from you dude.” After finishing that verse, I refrained from such exuberant Christmas glee.  

I hope you enjoy today’s idea. It’s hard to fit all these in my classes since we only have one month.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I want to give you a gift. I asked our team to send a copy of our December issue of Classroom Swag Magazine for you to download. You can make copies for all your teachers like I did or just forward the email so they can download it for themselves. I really loved these ideas and I’m excited to share them with you. You can go to and download a different free issue and start a notebook of ideas like mine.  

Merry Christmas from all of us at Mr. Mark’s Classroom!  

Your Friend,

Mr. Mark









Christmas Tree Pencils



  • Green paper
  • Hole punches
  • Star stickers
  • Pencils



Cut a large tree from the green paper.



  1. Fan fold the tree (about ¾-inch folds)
  2. Punch holes in the center. You will probably have to punch each one twice to get it large enough to insert the pencil.  Don’t try to punch all the layers at once.
  3. Insert a pencil through the holes.
  4. Decorate the tree with star stickers.

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