For two years now I have wanted to do an advent calendar for the boys, one full of activities to do leading up to Christmas (and maybe a chocolate here and there). But the one I’ve had my eye on will take sewing and materials that I don’t have time or room for anymore. And I’m trying to give myself a break this year.
So I found these gift card holders (3 for $1), punched a hole in them, and hung them using twine. Inside each is a slip of paper with the day’s activity.
So far so good!
#1. Make pom pom Christmas trees.
#2. Make a Christmas sticker picture.
The boys liked this one! The pictures went right up on their bedroom walls.
#3. Shop for two kids that the boys went to daycare with and whose house burned a few weeks ago. We decided it would be nice to help them out and get them something this year so we made a special trip to walmart. They picked the gifts (with some influence from me), the gift bags, and an ornament for each of them. I know they are a little young for this lesson to hold a ton of weight but helping out a local family is something I’d like to do every year so it will sink in eventually.
#4. Make a snowman craft.
I think these are adorable and worked well with both Emery and Oliver… Emery followed my lead but was able to glue things on himself, while Oliver was able to take a little more creative liberty with the snowman.
#5. Read Christmas stories at bedtime.
#6. Spend the night with Nana and Papa.
#7. Go see the movie Frozen and the Santa Claus Parade.
#8. Have a christmas-y glow stick bath.
I found these glow sticks with Christmas toppers, cracked them open, and turned out the lights. The boys liked it as much as the first time.
#9. Read two new Christmas books. We went with ‘Stick Man’ and ‘How do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas’… both are really cute and already loved.
#10. Make cards for nanny and grampy. (They’re in the mail tomorrow!)
The boys are pretty excited to open the little envelopes every day so I consider that success and look forward to opening the rest!