December 5, 2011

Counting Down

In the past, we filled our advent calendar with sweet treats for the kids.  The more kids we have, the harder it is to fit enough candy/treats in those little doors.  This year, we have decided to skip the candy.  I hate giving it to the kids, it doesn't fit in the doors and it suggests a complete lack of imagination.  Instead of candy, we have put a card behind each number with an activity that we can do as a family.  I love this idea for so many reasons.  It ensures that we get much needed time together every day and it organizes our Christmas schedule. 

This is what we've had so far:

December 1-attend a World AIDS day memorial service

my husband is the president of a local AIDS task force.  This is an annual thing, but it was my first time attending.

December 2-Family movie night with treats.

We watched The Santa Clause 2 (or we at least attempted to) and snacked on popcorn and ice cream. 

December 3-Make a reindeer craft

December 4-Read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with Dad

I was gone most of the day, so they had some special dad time. 

December 5-Read 2 chapters in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Who doesn't love to hear about the shenanigans of those Herdmans?

What's in your advent calendar?

1 comment:

  1. We don't do a calendar. We have an Advent wreath and we light the appropriate candles and say a prayer each night. This year we are doing the book countdown too, where I wrapped 24 books and we open one a night. Mostly random, except tomorrow's book is about St. Nicholas and we'll read Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.


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