Posted by: ad65shorty | November 29, 2012

Christmas Activity Advent

This is a post from years past that I just loved and had to re-share! I love the stocking with little pockets. Enjoy!

Lauren is here as my guest today. You want to meet an amazing mother?! Meet Lauren. She’s the one we all want to be like when we grow up. I feel so blessed to count her as a friend. Check out her blog here, where she discusses motherhood, homemaking, gardening, fun with her children, her beliefs, and her joy in her journey through life.

I love this time of year when everything seems magical. My kids get so excited about the lights on the houses, the festive displays in the stores, and of course the idea of Santa Claus. I wanted to start young and create traditions with them that embrace the festivity of the season, but focus on the meaning of the season. I decided upon an activity advent, combining the countdown to Christmas with a daily activity, service, craft, or field trip.

I found a great big stocking with pockets for each day, but you could use any kind of countdown. I have seen felt mittens, a wood house with doors that open, or even a jar with slips of paper for each day. Here’s our list of exciting things to come:

1. Read Christmas books (we started with “A Night Without Darkness”… here’s the link)
2. Write letters to Santa
3. Visit a live nativity

4. Buy and decorate the Christmas tree
5. Play games as a family
6. Act out the nativity with hand puppets
7. Christmas craft: snowflakes or ornaments

8. Make a gingerbread house
9. Watch a Christmas movie
10. Donate toys (Angel Tree)
11. Sing carols/ go caroling
12. Buy siblings a gift at $ store
13. Make and send Christmas cards to Grandparents
14. Leave a gift in the mailbox for the mailman
15. Family Swim
16. See lights on Temple Square
17. Make snow angels
18. Visit Santa
19. Craft with Mom
20. Ride the Christmas train at the mall

21. Deliver neighbor treats
22. Wrap presents
23. Make a birthday cake for Jesus
24. Family picnic by the fire, read Luke II
25. Write a gift to Jesus (something you want to improve); open presents!

I am hoping this helps us experience the joys and blessings of the season as we spend time together and think of others. Here’s to a Merry Christmas!

LOVE this!! What a great way to make lasting memories! Thanx, Lauren!


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