Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Calendar and Ideas!



Last year, we started an advent calendar Christmas tradition.  I really loved the advent calendar I made last year, but the thought of recreating anything DIY this year made my head kinda spin.

When I saw this cute (already made) advent calendar from Target,  I was all about it.  The boys can easily pull the number out, pick out the paper, and put it right back.  No assembly, easy to use...my kind of DIY this year.



I'm taking many ideas from my list last year, but I'm changing a few things up a bit.

Here's our list for days 1-25 this December.  This year has FLOWN by, ps.

1.  Put up Christmas decorations!
2.  Read a Christmas book.  (Janssen has a really great list!)  I'm planning on requesting a ton of these from the library.
3.  Sleigh Ride.  Our town has free sleigh rides that go around the block of downtown.   (Picture from last year.)
4.  Buy/donate food to local food bank for children in need over Christmas break from school.
5.  Color and play Nativity matching game.
7.  Have a Family Home Evening based around the symbols of Christmas.  This lesson is a great one to go by.
8.  Write letters to Santa and deliver them to his special mailbox.  (The town of Cary has a Santa mailbox where you can mail your letters to Santa, and he'll write a letter back to you.) 
9.  Make Christmas Crunch...and take some to a friend.
10.  Put together bags for the homeless.  
11.  Watch Polar Express.
12.  Attend the Apex Nativity.  Free and open to all!
13.  Make Christmas cards for family/friends.
14.  Sing Christmas carols to loved ones.
15.  Clean toys and donate some.
16.  Read Christmas book.
17.  Attend Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert (for me ;) because my sister is performing in it!) For the boys...drink hot chocolate. 
18.  Watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
19.  Make Christmas goodies for neighbors.
20.  Make a yummy Christmasy breakfast.  This idea for pancakes in different shapes is adorable.
21.  Drive around and look at Christmas lights.

Our Advent Calendar will stop after this because we'll be going out of town, but!  a few things we'll be doing during the next few days include; reading the Christmas story from the Bible, and giving small gifts to people working on Christmas as we're traveling.  

I hope you have a wonderful December filled with love, fun, service, and celebration of our Savior's birth!


11 comments :

Aileen said...

These are great! I'd love to do some with my daughter. Are the sleigh rides in downtown Raleigh?

Emily said...

Our Pilates studio is doing some charity work for the Holidays and it really makes me embarrassed I haven't gotten into the holiday/charity/giving side of life before this year. Such great thing to do especially with children!

Um, your sister is performing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert?! That is awesome!

Paige Flamm said...

That calendar is super cute! It almost makes me wish that I didn't go through the trouble of making one this year!

Hannah Dawson said...

Such a fun list! I bet the concert s going to be amazing

Caroline said...

Target knows right where to getcha! Love this list... where are you guys heading to??

rooth said...

I love how you include service in your advent calendar, which is such an important part of the holidays

Erin LFF said...

That is SO CUTE!! Great find! :)

Kayla MKOY said...

Please tell me that by "going out of town" you mean coming to Cincinnati to see me?!?! ;) but seriously. This advent calendar is SO cute. Growing up, we ALWAYS had one so I'm definitely a fan!

s said...

wow love ur calendar you have impeccable taste! gorg! xO!
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Kait said...

I LOVE that advent! I saw it when I was browsing Target and wish I would have picked it up!

Wenni Donna said...

I really liked the list of good deeds to be done till Christmas. The Christmas tree with the dates on it is a superb idea. I will definitely take up this idea for my Christmas party that I’ll be organizing in one of the venues in Los Angeles

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