I cut each one out and put it in the Advent box we have. Each night one of us can pull one out. I didn't put everything we are doing in the boxes. We will march in the Kris Kringle parade and cut a tree and such but I wanted mostly hometime things that mommy, daddy, and Andrew could do together.
I also looked ahead to see who would be with us what days...and made them so guests could join in. We will see how it goes. I hope to put up a blog entry each day so Andrew's grandparents who can't be close by can enjoy the activites with him. Maybe it will bring them near just a little. I know they miss him terribly.
This is hopefully a way to bless my home with the true spirit of Christmas, engage my family, and get the most out of the holidays.
I made a list of everything we needed for these activities and put them in a basket so it is stress free for me. I just have to pull out the basket each night.
1st~ Get out the Manger Scene
2nd~ Tonight we will hang some
3rd~ Tonight we will read how
Mary said Yes to God
4th~ Lets make a Craft
Ask mommy & Daddy
for the rings
5th~ We will read about St. Nicholas
Who left coins just like these
for people in their shoes
6th~ Tonight we trim
the Christmas tree!
7th~ Lets String some Popcorn
8th~Today we will bake
9th~Lets play a Christmas
Game with Daddy!
10th~Lets decorate a Gingerbread house
together as a family
11th~Lets put up the outside
lights and turn them on!
12th~Story time tonight
Pick a Christmas book
13th~Lets watch a Christmas movie
14th~Lets make Cards for everyone
we love and mail them
15th~Ask Mommy for a special gift today
16th~Lets go see special lights tonight
17th~Light the candles and
turn out the lights
Its time to play a game!
18th~Sing Christmas songs and Dance!
19th~Lets Read about Mary and Joseph
20th~Lets make some holiday treats!
21st~ Make a Christmas Craft
23rd~ Share dinner with friends tonight!
24th~Here is a gift from mommy and Daddy
Lets hang out stocking and go to sleep
25th~Lets read about Baby Jesus' birth
and how he loved us so much