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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

25 Days of Fun

This year we got a pretty little reusable advent calendar. Not to be green, just because I wanted control over what goes in. :-) For this year, I will still indulge the kids with their daily piece of chocolate. The German in me just can't deny them this advent tradition. But I also want to fill the little doors with a neat thing to do every day to prepare for Christmas. So here is my list, in no particular order:

  1. Put up manger
  2. Sing Christmas songs by the fire place
  3. Have hot chocolate with marshmallows or peppermint candy canes
  4. Drive around to look at Christmas Lights
  5. Get a Christmas tree
  6. Decorate the tree while listening to Christmas music
  7. Read Christmas books
  8. Read the Christmas story
  9. Do a good deed for Grandma
  10. Do a good deed for Grampy
  11. Do a Christmas craft
  12. Bake cookies
  13. Write/color Christmas cards
  14. Watch a Christmas movie
  15. Bring someone breakfast
  16. Read another Christmas book
  17. Craft a Christmas present
  18. Go get a seasonal treat
  19. Give a seasonal treat
  20. Make paper snowflakes
  21. Day of good deeds
  22. Get a Salvation Army bell ringer a hot drink of their choice
  23. Get a poinsettia for someone who doesn’t have pets
  24. Decorate sugar cookies with Grandma
  25. Celebrate Christmas Day!
To make it easy on myself, the doors will be filled the night before so that they can accommodate our schedules better. :-) The purpose here is to get the kids excited about Christmas, cherish quiet family moments and to also serve others.

In addition to this new advent tradition, we will also make our first Jesse tree this year. We got a really neat set last year that we've been busily coloring, cutting and assembling. Ann Voskamp has a free printable Jesse Tree on her website as well. Can't give you the link right now because for some reason my internet is acting up. I printed it for next year as it is a little more involved. The first one mentioned is perfect for the kids this year.

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