Every year we have an advent calendar--this string of lights advent calendar (that you could make too). Each day is filled with some sort of christmas-y activity. It's super fun--for the kids--but it also can be a lot of work--for the mom. I was about to skip it this year and just get the chocolate advent calendars when my littlest said in the most adorable voice, "Remember that funny thing that had papers in it and told us what to do? That was the best." Up went the advent calendar.
Do you do an advent activity calendar? If you have any good christmasy projects, please leave them in the comments! I'm always looking for new things to do. Here are our activities for the first week of advent.
advent activities: week one
DAY 1: go to the movies.
Okay, we took it easy the first day. Plus our kids wanted to see Frozen and it was a good day for a movie.
DAY 2: print out paper toys and make your mother glue them together
That's not actually what it said to do, but that is what it turned into. This paper Santa was a lot harder than I anticipated and it seems paper craft is not my forte. They are so stinking cute though, it's hard not to want to make them. I found these printable paper toys on pinterest, where else? After all the fussy cutting and folding and gluing, I really like these little guys and they are surprisingly sturdy.
DAY 3: take christmas photo
Taking the annual christmas photo is my annual christmas nightmare. There were at least a hundred shots like the one above and then Hallelujah! one decent one.
DAY 4: decorate the tree
I like em naked, maybe with a few lights. The kids have a much different idea of a christmas tree. More! More! More!
DAY 5: put shoes out for St. Nick
The shoes were left out last night and the kids woke up to oranges and chocolate coins and new slippers. Advent is more work, but it is magical too. Now what to do for day 6....