Despite the warm weather, the Elving and celebrating has begun: decorations are coming out of the basement, greens and pine cones are being collected, holiday songs are on the radio, and recipes are standing by waiting until I finally get to the store to buy some flour. Christmas has always been a big celebration in my family. We had so many wonderful traditions growing up, and we are actively working to establish old and new traditions in our home. Christmas is also such a busy time, trying to fit in everyday life while still making gifts, getting the house ready and visiting with loved ones.
Despite the holiday rush, the real joy at Christmas is in the simple moments, the glow of little faces in candlelight, or the magic of decorating a tree. Each year we strive to fill our lives with those moments, and cut out the run about. This year we decided on an 'active' advent calendar to slow down the pace and focus on those moments.
Each day contains an activity for us to do together, some are planned for weekends such as cutting down the tree, while others are as simple as singing songs around the fire. Of course there will be more projects, and gift making, and last minute ideas, but this calendar will help guide our December and help fill each day with joy. It also serves as such a wonderful organizer for Mama to keep track of what we're doing! Here is this list of of our activities. I also love that I can change these out when I need to.
1 – A visit to the festival of trees and street parade in Saratoga
2 – Make paper snowflakes
3 – Make holiday tree for wall
4 – Make a gingerbread house
5 – Make gingerbread cookies
6 – Go to the lighting of the Christmas tree
7 – Paint holiday Pictures
8 – Stringing popcorn
9 – Make cookies
10 – Full Moon Magic Bonfire and sled ride??
11 - Get our tree
12 – Decorate the Christmas tree
13 – Decorate the house with greens
14 – Christmas tree for the birds
15 – Sing carols by the fire
16 - Make paper garlands
17 – Go to the family Christmas party
18 – Christmas with the Carlsons
19 – Musical surprise with Opa and Ducky
20 - sip hot coco with candy canes
21 - Hang Christmas greens in windows
22 – Welcome winter dinner by candlelight
23 – Make holiday wrapping paper and packaging
24 – Read the Night Before Christmas
Some of these ideas were inspired by other wonderful advent calendars at Maya Made and another over at Cozy Homemaking
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