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Today, I want to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine, Megan.  Our story is one that proves just how small this world is.  We once were two wee bloggers on a hosting site called Xanga, who randomly connected, only to realize we shared family, an alma mater, a love for crafting, Jesus, and a whole lot more.

Over the past ten years, our friendship has had its own ebb and flow, as most relationships do, but one thing remains… this woman is a hero of mine and I am a better person for having her in my life.

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My sweet friend, Megan, and I on my wedding day.

I wanted to share with you a tradition that Megan created for her family six years ago, before the popularity of advent calendars or Pinterest to help guide her.  She set out to make the holidays special for her kids — and y’all, she did just that and more.

I’ve sat back and watched her complete her advent calendar throughout these past several Christmas seasons… and this year, I finally get to do it myself!  I am SO EXCITED to start this tradition with my own family.  I’ll post my adapted version of Megan’s Advent Calendar tomorrow but I did not want you to miss out on the original inspiration behind it all!

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So without further ado… here is a creative, fun, and totally do-able Christmas Advent Calendar.

For the last 6 years, we have done a different activity for each day. You can do an activity each day through the month of December (we actually start Thanksgiving Night) or the 12 Days Before Christmas.
1: Read about the birth of Jesus, watch THE NATIVITY, make & eat HAYSTACKS*
2: THE SANTA CLAUSE–watch movies & write letters to Santa
3: Watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and VT: It’s a Meaningful Life. Eat PASTA (this is a family tradition that we started a few years ago. It has nothing to do with the movie, except George’s “best friend” is Italian. We just like it).
4: Watch CHARLIE BROWN & decorate the small (kids) Christmas tree
5: Make SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS*
6: Read & watch POLAR EXPRESS. Enjoy HOT CHOCOLATE & COOKIES
7: ELOISE DAY–Read & watch. Eat OATMEAL & RAISINS for breakfast (just like Eloise)
8: RUDOLPH–watch Rudolph & make reindeer treats. Play reindeer games
9: Read ABC Pop-Up book & make pop-up Christmas cards for family/friends
10: MUSIC, LIGHTS & SWEET TREATS–look @ lights while listening to Christmas CDs. Go to Braums/Starbucks/Dairy Queen for holiday ICE CREAM (Shelby Farms Drive Through Display)
11: GRINCH DAY–read & watch Grinch movies. Eat GREEN EGGS & HAM for supper
12: A VERY FROSTY DAY–watch Frosty, have a snowball fight (white socks), make SNOWBALL COOKIES (meringue cookies* with mini chocolate chips for face)
13: MICKEY CHRISTMAS–watch MICKEY’S ONCE & TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS, eat PUPPY CHOW* (for pluto) & have HOT COCOA (like Donald Duck)
14: A CHRISTMAS CAROL–watch movies & write your own story using people you know
Mickey. Muppets. Musical. Barbie. Jim Carey
15: Watch A CHRISTMAS STORY & eat CHINESE FOOD
16: FIRESIDE–build a fire, roast marshmallows, sleeping in the living room
17: Make cookies & other goodies for friends
18: Caroling & deliver gifts to friends
19: Take turns reading THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER and discuss how YOU would direct the play
20: Jingle Bowling (take 10 clean 2-liter bottles and fill with Christmas items such as wrapping paper strips, jingle bells, cotton ball snowballs, mini ornaments)
21. Shop for siblings gifts (or make gifts) then wrap them (we split up and each adult takes a kid, then we come home and wrap presents for each other)
22. Santa Train
23. Watch ELF! & eat spaghetti
24. Family Game Night with finger foods & apple cider
25. Read THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
26. Bellevue Singing Christmas Tree Christmas Program (or any church program)
27. Candle light church service
28. Peabody Ducks or your Local Square (Fayetteville Lights)
29. Hannukah Party. JELLY DONUTS & LINZER COOKIES
30. Read JUNIE B. JONES. Read in parts
31. Make a gingerbread house/village
CHRISTMAS EVE
Attend Christmas Eve service with N&P. Look at Christmas lights. Watch THE CHRISTMAS STORY. EAT! Open pjs from Nana
*ham, cheese & turkey rolls *sausage balls *sweet & sour sausages *cheese cubes *fruit
*pecan tassies *pumpkin fudge *something CHOCOLATY
CHRISTmas DAY!
Celebrate the birth of our Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ. Open gifts. breakfast (by the men). PLAY! Lunch. Look at lights. Left-overs. PLAY SOME MORE!
Other holiday “classics” that we like to watch
*Phineas & Ferb Holiday Specials *Elf on a Shelf (Thanksgiving) *Adventures in Odyssey *White Christmas *Holiday Inn *Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (with toast, jelly beans, & popcorn) *Shrek Christmas Special *Blues Clues Holiday Specials *Barbie Nutcracker *Home Alone *A Christmas Child
Isn’t that just AMAZING?!

Thank you so very much my friend, for giving us a glimpse into that creative brain of yours, and for allowing me to share it here to inspire others like it inspired me.   I love you, Meg!

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