Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Countdown to Christmas - Our Advent Calendar

Being the cheapskate thrifty girl I am, I picked up this mirrored advent calendar / box contraption on clearance at Target after Christmas two years ago. Last year it functioned solely as decoration, but this year we decided to put it to use.

We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas here, neither very religiously, which is probably an oxymoron, but I'm sure you know what I mean. We like to make the holidays about family, tradition, doing good for others and being appreciative of what we have.

Rather than putting candy or cheap trinkets in each day of the advent calendar, we decided to write down fun tasks and ways to celebrate the season. Because the first day of our calendar (December 1st, that is) coincided with the first day of Hanukkah this year, our first few tasks were to read the story of Hanukkah, pick out some Hanukkah books at the library, and learn how to play the dreidel game.

Our other tasks include~
  • Spend the night with Tutu (grandma)
  • Make cookies for your teachers
  • Scope out and cut down our Christmas tree
  • Decorate our tree
  • Make salt dough ornaments
  • String popcorn for the birds
  • Watch Christmas movies
  • Spend the night in a hotel downtown with mom and dad (this is our annual tradition - we go to see the lights downtown and do all sorts of fun things)
  • Learn to make paper snowflakes
  • Make pine cone bird feeders
  • Make Christmas cards for teachers
  • Write letters to Santa
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Drive to see Christmas lights
  • Go on the Polar Express with Mimi (I'm *so* excited about this!)
I did mix in a few "Clean for 15 minutes" notes, but I paired them with a piece of gelt. Chocolate makes cleaning worthwhile.

What sorts of activities do you do for advent, or during the holidays in general?

1 comment:

klj said...

OMG! We are doing the exact same thing with an advent box from Target. So far the kids have: shopped for school food drive, taken holiday photos, watched an xmas movie, had a christmas book read-in with hot chocolate and cookies, bought the tree, decorated the tree and tonight we are making paper snowflakes.