Advent is upon us and with that is my annual research into the holiday we commonly call Christmas. Every year I try to learn a little more about the holiday and "redeem" traditions of Christmas past.
Although I can't go into the specifics of my Christmas
research right now, I'm sure you'll get to hear about it eventually on
this blog. Today, I am sharing our Advent plans.
Advent is a time for us to prepare our hearts for the coming of
Christmas, the day we celebrate as Jesus' birthday. For us we have
decided to also try and make it a time for us to draw closer in activity
and time to our kids and our family. Each day there is an activity
planned as well as scripture to read. Time together as a family and time
to discuss and spend with/for the Lord.
I also decided to make a simple Advent Calender for us to follow . .
First our lists . .
1. Put up the tree and decorate the indoors
2. Decorate the front door and balcony
3. Watch St. Nicolas as a family (on the computer)
4. Make Paper Snowflakes
5. Watch A Little Drummer Boy as a family
6. Make Christmas Ginger Cookies for the Neighbors
7. Make Neighbor Cookie Boxes
8. Make Hot Cocoa
9. Hand Out Neighbor Cookies
10. Make Cinnamon Christmas Star Ornaments
11. Make a Christmas Candy (probably fudge)
12. Sing and Dance to Christmas Music
13. Watch The Toy That Saved Christmas as a family
14. Take family Christmas Photo
15. Decorate Christmas Gifts (for everyone else)
16. Make Construction Paper Nativity
17. Make and Decorate Christmas Cookies
18. Make an Apple Cinnamon Struesel Dessert
19. Make Pom-Pom Snowmen
20. Make a Gingerbread Nativity
21. Look at Christmas Lights around town
22. Play a Christmas Game (toddler Friendly)
23. Make Cinnamon Rolls
24. Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies
25. Christmas Breakfast
So now that we've gone over the Advent daily activities, we can go on to how I made our advent calender. . .
I started by cutting and folding a piece of cardboard into a
"Chinese take out" shaped box based on one I got with some dishtowels.'