I am trying something new with the kids this Christmas season, in light of reading various blogs and talking with friends (thanks, Marjie!). I am trying to celebrate Advent.
Growing up, we did not generally have an advent calendar or do any activities associated with advent. I think we once had one of those boxes with the cut-outs that has chocolates behind each date...but I could be wrong. Anyway, I thought it sounded like fun, and after reading the different things people were doing with it, I thought, "hey, I can do that!"
We aren't doing anything fancy, and we're not giving gifts like some do for advent. That would have required more than that the 1.5 hours of planning that went into this project. I kept it simple, just making one small activity or fun thing each day...a little something for the kids to look forward to and a concentrated effort to spend time as a family.
Since we started yesterday, December 3, I labeled slips of paper that I stapled shut starting with "3" and ending at "25" when Christmas arrives. The little slips of paper are in a very un-fancy cookie tin on our table, but next year I hope to take more than a couple of hours from my school day for planning and actually wrap things and activity explanation in little boxes. It just wasn't happenin' this year.
Here is our list...if you see Connor, keep it quiet! Every day is a surprise. Grant totally doesn't get it, but will get in on some of the fun with us.
Watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and make a Christmas Chain
Wrap Gifts for teachers to put under the tree and gifts from the Gingerbread Shoppe
Get picked up from Kindergarten—no Kids’ Country in the afternoon…then have a sleepover at Grandma’s!
Go See Christmas In the Park
Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn
Pick out a gift to give off the Angel Tree at Wal-Mart
Craft: Create Christmas cards for your teachers
Read Christmas stories
Make Christmas cookies for sharing
Go see Christmas lights
Go see Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas concert at Crown Center
Bake blueberry loaves for your teachers, wrap them up to take
the next day
Watch “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” on TV
Bake Christmas cookies for sharing
Deliver Christmas cookies
Camp out in front of the Christmas tree and read Jesus’ Christmas story
Mom and Dad celebrate being married for 10 years! Special dinner
Trip to McDonald’s!
Go see Christmas lights
Sleepover at Grandma’s
Family game night
To Aunt Marsha’s to celebrate Christmas eve…you may open one of your gifts
Breakfast at Grandma Pam’s for Christmas day, spend the afternoon at Grandma Gayle’s