Monday, November 29, 2010

* Countdown to Christmas: Homemade Family Advent Calendar

Last year, my daughters and I 
to countdown to Christmas.

Each envelope contains a daily family activity
to help us slow down and enjoy 
the month of December. 
We can't wait to set it up again this year.

In case you want to make your own, 
I wanted to post again this week so you would
 have time to make one before December 1st!

Here is our Harris Family Advent List

1. Candlelit bath for the girls!
2. Make Paper Snowflakes and Decorate the Windows
3. Make a CD of Christmas Music for the playroom/mom's minivan.
4. Rootbeer Floats!
5. Bake something yummy with Mama
6. Make Christmas Cards for Friends/Family
7. Have hot chocolate with marshmallows.
8. Make a pipe cleaner candy cane or wreath.
9. Make a Paper Chain.
10. Use puppets to tell a Bedtime Story.
11. Have an indoor picnic.
12. Family Game Night (Wii, board games, puzzles?)
13. Make and Decorate a Gingerbread House.
14. Dance and Sing to Christmas Music.
15. Set up the Mouse Nativity.
16. Make a Christmas Craft.
17. Make a Christmas Ornament.
18. Dress Fancy for Dinner tonight.
19. Fashion Show with Clothes made out of gift wrap!
(Recycled from opening presents with grandparents)
20. Make and Hang Edible Gifts/ornaments for the Birds and Squirrels.
21. Surprise a neighbor with an act of kindness.
22. At Home Pedicures!
23. Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn.
24. Pick your Favorite Christmas book for mom (or dad) to read aloud.
25. Open Presents!

Happy Countdown!

pink and green mama, MaryLea


Sofia's Ideas said...

This looks so cute! And totally feasible for the sewing challenged like me! Bookmarked!


That is SO cute. I love that each prize is an activity.

Jess said...

I LOVE your list! I am doing an envelope calendar too and I am so excited to see how someone else had theirs set up! Thanks for sharing!

chelle said...

Great idea! I think I could totally do this and looks like a great tradition to start with my family.

Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas!

Jaimie said...

Thanks for sharing. We did ours this way last year too, and I'm so excited to do it again this year. I haven't finalized our list yet, but I might take an idea or two from you. Happy Advent-ing!

Edith's Closet said...

We are doing this with my girls this year too. We did this every single year growing up...I loved picking the Christmas "note" with my brothers and spending special time together. One of my favorites was when my mom gave us each the end of a roll of yarn and we had to follow it all over the house to get to our prize (an ornament I think). Ther was lots of laughter as we went into the bathtub and under beds! :) I know my mom must have been tired, but she was always so cheerful about it and created some treasured memories.

twolittleseeds said...

Great ideas! x

Cheryl said...

I love the idea of a different activity each day. What a great list. (Making fashion clothes out of pre-loved wrapping paper, made me smile!)

Maren said...

Thanks for including your ideas. You can find a million tutorials for advent calendars but hardly anyone gives list suggestions of what to put in the calendar, other then candy.

I love doing activities - it makes the time more memorable and everything feels more organized.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Oooo... I love your ideas too. Candle lit bath sounds esp appealing for my waterloving 3 yr old. <3



Deb Chitwood said...

An envelope activity calendar is a great idea! I added your post to my December Family and Homeschool Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/11/26/december-family-and-homeschool-activities/

Laura Koch said...

Looking for advent activities for my own family, I stumbled across this posting somehow. I'm so glad I did! These ideas are great! Thanks!

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