When I reminisce about my own childhood, many of my favorite memories surround traditions. Combine traditions with holidays, and you create a magical combination.
Therefore, this year, I wanted to embrace the popular Advent Calendar and create a December to remember! Many of these activities are ones that we would have done anyway, but this year I want to be a little more purposeful about the holiday season.
…and with this calendar comes lots of grace. If I don’t (and I’m sure I won’t) get to every activity, I will let myself off the hook, because mom guilt is the worst. And my babies won’t know the difference anyway!
- Read about the birth of Jesus, watch THE NATIVITY (found on YouTUBE: 48 mins), make & eat haystacks.
- Watch THE SANTA CLAUSE and write letters to Santa.
- Listen to Christmas music all morning. Decorate Felt Christmas Tree with Felt Ornaments.
- Make Christmas ornaments together. This year’s ornament: Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments.
- Watch A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and decorate the small, kid’s Christmas tree.
- Make banana bread (or other baked treats) for friends and deliver.
- Go meet SANTA at the mall and get pictures taken.
- Watch and read THE POLAR EXPRESS. Eat cookies and drink hot chocolate while wearing pajamas.
- Help put up Christmas decorations at a local retirement center with our Community Group.
- Watch RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER and make reindeer treats/reindeer chow. Play reindeer games (marshmallow toss/pin the nose on the reindeer/candy cane hunt).
- Go to the Fayetteville Square to look at the Christmas lights and take pictures.
- Make fingerprint/footprint/handprint Christmas cards to mail to Grandparents.
- Watch ELF and eat spaghetti for dinner.
- Watch MICKEY’S ONCE/TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS and eat puppy chow (in honor of pluto).
- Make small THANK YOU gifts (mason jar gifts) for our Church staff and deliver. Give M&M thank you to our mailman.
- Watch and read FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, eat popcorn out of snowman cups (sharpie on a clear plastic cup) and make snowman cloud dough (Pinterest).
- Read THE GINGERBREAD MAN stories and make a gingerbread house or cookies.
- Attend a CHRISTMAS PARTY with friends.
- Drive around our city, look at Christmas lights, listen to Christmas music, and end the night with an ice-cream family date.
- Watch and read HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (original cartoon) and make GRINCH slime! Grinch Kabobs for a snack (grapes/bananas/strawberries)
- Watch HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS ( Jim Carey) and make breakfast for dinner (green eggs, green pancakes, and green milk).
- Throw a BIRTHDAY PARTY for Jesus. Bake a cake, sing Happy Birthday, and read the Nativity Story again.
- Attend our church’s Christmas Eve Eve services.
- Open Christmas Eve Box (new pajamas to wear that night, and a new Christmas book/movie), make cookies, drink hot chocolate. Put out Santa’s Christmas plate full of cookies/milk/carrots/and THANK YOU note to Santa.
- Eat a large breakfast, open gifts, take naps, play games — ENJOY every moment!
After I made this list, I realized I completely left off one of our family favorites — HOME ALONE! So at some point we will also squeeze in watching Home Alone and buying tooth brushes to put in our stockings.
Having a plan also helps me to be able to keep my eye out for great deals on things to help assist in our Advent Calendar. For example, while at Hobby Lobby yesterday, I was able to find a magnet Nativity scene kit that we can use on a large baking sheet to help retell the story of Jesus’ birth as well as a couple of great books…all at HALF OFF! They also have a great Happy Birthday Jesus section that we can go and get some goodies for our Birthday party for Jesus. Win, win, win.
Here is to the best Christmas yet!
*If you missed the inspiration behind this all, be sure and check out my previous post ADVENT | CALENDAR ONE*