Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Advent Activity Plans

Well, this poor blog seems to have fallen by the wayside.  But I know next year I'll want to be able to find what I planned for Advent this year, and this is the first place I'll look.  So I'll go ahead and share my calendar!  With the new baby due in December, I am planning earlier than ever this year.  I think it's a nesting thing.  I've already ordered gifts for December birthdays, nearly finished the homemade Christmas presents for the kids, and have an Amazon wish list that contains everything I plan to buy for Christmas.  I'm NEVER this ready for December, but I kind of like it =)  Now if only the gift wrap fairy would visit this baby can pick whatever day she chooses to come. 

So here's the list.  Normally I would spread out the more exciting activities (Winterfest, Rhema) but this year I put them all the first week since I'm due the third week.  And yes, I'm ready to let go of this plan whenever baby girl decides to make her appearance ;) 

1.) Sunday, December 1st: Winterfest (lego advent sets in the bag)
2.) Monday, December 2nd: Rhema (Candy in bag, print Christmas Decoration scavenger hunts?)
3.) Tuesday, December 3rd: Gingerbread Houses (Candy in bag, assemble houses during school, cousins coming over to decorate)
4.) Wednesday, December 4th: Decorate Kids Rooms (Put new decorations in the bag?  Lights on the tent, tree, anything else?)
5.) Thursday, December 5th: Read (new books for the bag, Scaredy Squirrel and Quiet Book, and Magic Tree House)
6.) Friday, December 6th: Neighborhood Walk
7.) Saturday, December 7th: Ornament Making Party with classmates (buy cupcakes, make santa hats with strawberries and marshmallows)
8.) Sunday, December 8th: Grandparent Gifts (these are secret since my Mom may be the only one reading this.  If you want ideas, e-mail me =) 
9.) Bake Cookies (Make some during school with DZ, some after.  Take some to neighbors)
10.) Papa's Birthday one day early (Ask Dad if he'd rather come to us, or us go to him. Bake pie during school)
11.) Wednesday: Make teacher gifts (at least a card! Let DZ do Christmas tree letter matching.  Serenity wants to sew coffee cup cozies) 
12.) Thursday: Daddy's Birthday (Deliver teacher gifts also!!)
13.) Friday: Craft Day (bead necklaces in the morning) Can wear to winter concert.   Winter Concert
14.) Saturday: Backyard Game
15.) Sunday: Christmas Shopping (Each take one kid, and let them buy a gift for sibling and other parent? Or Angel Tree? Or cousins from the dollar store? Or order online?)
16.) Movie Night (prep & landing, plus buy special popcorn)
17.) Candy Cane Hunt
18.) Wednesday Donate somewhere (animals again? China?)
19.)Thursday (new app day.  Possibly new little computer too...)
20.) Friday Game Night (New Board Game Night)
21.) Christmas at Mom's
22.) Sunday: Puzzle **Also Christmas at Papa's House
23.) Monday: Watch Home Movies (I always put together a dvd with my favorite videos of the year for us to watch.  Otherwise they'd get lost in my computer and never see the light of day. =) 
24.) Tuesday: Nativity Story (stickers and read our toddler bibles)
25.) Christmas

Christmas Lights