I am pretty excited about this new advent calendar that I scored for $2 thrifting a few weeks ago.
This is our first experience doing an advent calendar with the girls, and I don’t recall doing one as a kid so I was clueless as to what to put in each day. Internet searches mostly suggested candy which we don’t need and toys which we need even less.
My inner rebel can’t stand doing anything “normal” anyway. So this Christmas we decided to do an advent calendar full of fun activities and lots of ways to GIVE.
Here are a few examples:
1) Write a letter to a soilder (more like draw a picture for our 5 and 3 yr old)
2) Watch a christmas movie
3) Sing a Christmas song at dinner tonight
4) Make a craft for our nursing home friends
5) Deliver our crafts to our nursing home friends
6) Go see Christmas lights
7) Visit the downtown Christmas Celebration
8) Make Christmas Cookies
9) Share some Christmas cookies with a neighbor
10) Read the Christmas story from Luke
12) Put birthday candles in our dinner and sing happy birthday Jesus
13) Read a Christmas book
14) Have a blind taste test with christmas goodies to see which one you like best
15) Write an unexpected thank you note to someone i.e. teacher, janitor or waitress
16)Pick one or your favorite past activities and do it again
I simply printed out our ideas on card stock and cut with cute scissors (To my perfectionist friends: regular paper and scissors also work just fine, I just had these on hand).
Real life “imperfect” application
- So far, I am trying to incorporate things we are doing that day ANYWAY. For example on the evening I knew we were headed to the downtown christmas celebration I added that note in that day, or changed it around to fit the correct day.
- Our crafts are nothing terribly impressive. And we started saving some of their crafts from pre-school to give away at nursing homes as well.
- I let some events count for more than one day (making cookies one day then sharing the next as an example)
- Notice how I don’t have 25. The few open days gives me grace to change some around or add to it with upcoming Christmas events. For example on the 23rd our church is helping to feed the hungry which would be a great thing to add. I’m sure we will also have friends over for dinner, a playdate, or Christmas party that will be perfect to add in that day
The main idea was to help us incorporate some intentional time to give back and enjoy the season. The kids look forward to seeing what is next each day!
Do you have an advent calendar? What are some of your creative Christmas traditions?