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!