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My Advent calendar

Now that Thanksgiving is past, my mind is turning to Christmas. In the past, I think I’ve just tried desperately to keep up with my kids and have ended up reacting to the holidays instead of joyously participating in them. This year, I want to experience the anticipation of Christmas with my kids, who remind me constantly that they are very impatient for Christmas to get here. One of the most magical memories of my own childhood was a homemade felt Advent calendar that my mom filled with little candies (I think mostly caramels, from my Grandma Teen’s recipe — one of the quintessential flavors of Christmas). Early on the winter mornings leading up to Christmas, my sister Jeanne and I would excitedly dig into those felt pockets to find the goodies my mom had tucked into that day’s pocket.
A few years ago, I bought an Advent calendar of our own from a Ten Thousand Villages shop. Like the calendar I grew up with, it has a pocket for each day, and it has Christmasy pictures embroidered with colored and metallic threads, and little mirrors sewn in (I think it was made in India or something — so pretty!). So, what to put in it?
I was inspired by ramblinamblin’s post on Advent bags. After a bit of brainstorming, I have come up with a calendar of fun stuff that isn’t going to cost us much money — just a little patience and some time. This evening, I wrote each day’s activity on a slip of paper and put the slips in their little pockets. I think my kids are going to have a fun, meaningful Advent, and I’ll probably have some fun right along with them. 🙂
December 1 — make hot chocolate (fancy, with whipped cream and sprinkles)
2 — cut out paper snowflakes
3 — get a gift of fancy drinking straws
4 — build and decorate cookie houses
5 — Mayor’s Holiday Parade
6 — open a little pre-Christmas gift (I mean *really* little)
7 — sing Christmas carols at the piano
8 — make peanut butter balls
9 — KSU winter puppet show at the library
10 — bake and decorate sugar cookies
11 — watch a Christmas movie
12 — pray for the kids who received our Operation Christmas Child gift boxes
13 — open a little pre-Christmas gift
14 — act out the Christmas story as a family
15 — bake and decorate gingerbread people
16 — make coasters to give as gifts (this might turn into another project — I just don’t have any wonderful ideas)
17 — wrap presents we’ve made
18 — watch “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (and I take the day off)
19 — make herb and spice ornaments
20 — open a little pre-Christmas gift
21 — go on a Christmas treasure hunt
22 — eat a candlelit meal and then open our family’s gifts
23 — go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house
24 — read the Christmas story out of the Bible

Advent calendar

Advent calendar

I can’t wait! I might be exhausted by December 4, but I think it will be lots of fun.


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  1. * Amblin says:

    Wonderful idea! I love it 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the pingback 🙂

    Posted 9 years, 6 months ago
  2. * t'ilia says:


    Posted 9 years, 6 months ago
  3. * Gail says:

    I love this–I might take some of your ideas! I bet your kids think they’ve got the coolest mom ever! Gail

    Posted 9 years, 6 months ago

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