I have this great advent calendar I got from Pottery Barn Kids as my Christmas decor splurge last year. (I try and add one fun thing each year =) We had a blast with it last year, and so far this year is just as much fun! Even more so because Serenity actually asks to check her advent calendar each day =) But instead of being all organized, I'm having to scramble every day to fill the thing =) So in case there are any more of you out there looking for ideas, here's the list I finally assembled for the calendar, plus the activities we've already done!
Advent Calendar List
1. Sing. Serenity's favorite Christmas carol is Jingle Bells, so we sang that right away, plus I made a new mix cd of Christmas music for the car. Although my cd player malfunctioned so we ended up singing Christmas carols all over town, which was a blast!
2. Puzzle. I got a new holiday puzzle from the dollar section of Target, my home away from home.
3. Read. We read a brand new Christmas book, Llama Llama Holiday Drama. Have since read it about fifty times so I declare it a hit!
4. Cookie Exchange Party. This is an annual event for us. Our friends and their kids come over and we each bake different kinds of cookies and trade. Yummy and fun! We try to do games and crafts too.
5. Make Presents. I got some green foam Christmas trees that we decorated with foam stickers for all the grandparents. So far they are a hit!
6. Read. I found the Grinch Who Stole Christmas at Kohl's. The proceeds are donated so I always love getting those books and the toys that go with them. This book was a little long for my two year old, but she loved the part where the Whos all sing, and sang La la la la along with them =)
7. Decorate. My tree is already up but we went to Grandma's house and helped her decorate her outdoor tree! Serenity loves moving ornaments around, and ooohs and ahhhs over Christmas lights and ornaments.
8. Candy Cane Hunt. I hid candy canes in the yard. Such fun! This was a new idea for us and I will definitely be repeating it.
9. Christmas in the Park (a local event with Christmas decorations and booths.)
10. Bake a Pretzel or Cannelle bouleh
11. Christmas Presents and Pancakes
12. Neighborhood Walk to see Stars and Lights, or Happy Hollow Zoo??
13. Backyard Game (Croquet?)
14. Decorate Serenity’s Room for Christmas (Posterboard Tree? Lights?)
15. See Santa
16. Watch Home Movies (I make a greatest hits dvd once a year for us to watch)
17. Make Digital Christmas Cards and Mail Them (stickers for Serenity, add stamps to envelope?)
18. Play Board Game (Hippo? Or Tangrams?)
19. Craft (fingerprint snowmen)
20. Christmas Movie with Popcorn
21. Drive to see Lights
22. Add a Photo Ornament to tree
23. Bake and Decorate Cookies (and Sand Tarts)
24. Read Nativity Story
25. Still not sure about this, in an ideal world I'd have a nativity set she could play with and put baby Jesus in today, but we'll see!
I also have a ton of craft ideas filling up my google reader that I want to do! This week is crazy but next week I hope to start posting our versions of those great ideas!
breakfast for dinner