Preparing for Advent

The day after Thanksgiving we’re driving down to Florida and then Indianapolis, so I’m trying to get things organized for the holidays before we leave. It’s a daunting task! One thing I’ve wanted to do for ages was an advent calendar. This year I am giving it a go. It will be a bit strange, as we’re out of town until December 9th, but I figure we can just double up after we get home and perhaps even take a few with us.

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I made our advent calendar this year out of library pockets, then printed out library cards to slip inside, stamped the days on and then hung it in a Christmas tree shape with the 25 on the top. I think we’ll go ahead and do a Christmas-y stamp on each one in addition to the number stamp.
Each pocket has a holiday activity to do. I really wanted to focus on activities, rather than candy or gifts. Here is my list:

1. Make an advent wreath for the table.
2. Bake advent bread.
3. Make paper snowflakes for the windows.
4. Write a letter to Santa Claus.
5. Make shoe prints for St. Nicholas Day
6. Make candy cane milkshakes (smoothies)
7. Make a winter nature wreath.
8. Make snow (instant snow powder).
9. Make orange peel bird feeders.
10. Collect food for those who are less fortunate.
11. Make ornaments to give and hang on the tree.
12. Take a video of us singing a Christmas carol to send to family.
13. Bake St. Lucia bread and make crowns.
14. Make candy cane playdough.
15. Make paper chains for the tree.
16. Donate some of our old toys and books for other boys and girls to enjoy.
17. Visit Santa.
18. Decorate edible Christmas trees (using upside down ice cream cones).
19. Drive after dark to see the lights and decorations.
20. Make hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie.
21. Make wrapping paper.
22. Bake Christmas cookies
23. Make a popcorn and cranberry garland for the birds.
24. Open one gift and read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
25. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Other ideas: make Christmas slime (add glitter to make it “magical”), make fudge or candy, roast chestnuts…

And, in case you were wondering, yes that is green crayon on my wall. Adelaide loves to color, and wanted to make the wall beautiful. This mama is out of magic erasers at the moment…

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4 Responses to “Preparing for Advent”

  1. Sheila Says:

    I love this. Found you through waldorf wednesday. thanks for sharing.

  2. annettemarie Says:

    What a great idea! I really like the simplicity of it.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Waldorf Wednesday. I hope we see you back this week, and feel free to add more than one link since we were off last week.
    http://ourseasonsofjoy.com/waldorf-wednesday-link-up/waldorf-wednesday-13/

  3. redrecliner Says:

    Beautiful Advent Calendar! I love the activities you chose and am likely to borrow a few. Would you be willing to share your advent bread recipe? thanks!

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