Like last year, we had a list of advent activities, one for every day leading up to Christmas. Some days were chocolates, some were crafts, some were Christmas-related activities, like decorating the Christmas tree.
It was definitely harder to fit them in this year, with everyone at school/preschool/daycare and while working, but we managed and the kids had fun with it. Lately, I don’t seem to get as many pictures as I would like but we did capture a few.
On the 6th we went to a Winter Wonders program at the library – several craft tables setup and a movie. We cut star wars-themed snowflakes (did they know we were coming?!) and made a team effort out of decorating this snowman out of boxes (and the boys were thrilled to see him set up as decoration on a trip to the library closer to Christmas). We also borrowed new books that day, which the kids always love. Getting a library card and visiting often is one of the best things we have done since moving.
Emery and I went to see Polar Express on the 13th with a couple of friends. Oliver was sick but it is always nice to get out with just Emery. We’ve seen that movie several times at home but it is really good in 3D. And who doesn’t love midday movie popcorn? Emery and I do! On the 14th, we decorated our tree. The kids like going through the ornaments, as I do, and remembering making them or seeing them last year. This year was all about ‘unbreakable on the bottom, breakable up top’… for Eleanor reasons, of course!
A few of my other favorite advent activities were Oliver’s Christmas concert, going for sprinkle donuts and paying for someone else’s order, and a couple of days of new-to-us Christmas books (picked up at our local used bookstore, Otis & Clementine’s). The snowman pancakes (breakfast for dinner) is a big fave of everyone’s too.
For two years in a row the kids have enjoyed opening up the advent activities every day so I think we have ourselves a solid family tradition for years to come!