December 3, 2011

Counting down to the 25th

In addition to a more traditional chocolate and treats advent calendar, we decided this year to do an activity advent to build excitement for the season and to savor the joy that lies in every day that leads up to Christmas day.

I first read about the idea in the online magazine House of Fifty, which I am new to and love! We compiled a list of 25 things to do in the month of December and I wrote them out in one big long colorful list. (It proved to be a relaxing after-the-kids-go-to-sleep activity and it made me feel like a kid again to get creative with a box of crayons.) Then we hung it in a hallway that gets plenty of foot traffic so it is handy to reference and because it is fun to look at.

On our list we included events like the local christmas parade and a train show that's coming to town next weekend.  We also chose activities and crafts that we can enjoy doing together like making a bird feeder and decorating a gingerbread house. Some items are about us, and some are about others like baking a treat for a neighbor and contributing to a local cause that directly impacts children in our area.

On Thursday we decorated the kids' rooms with lights and a miniature christmas tree.  Last night we crossed two activities off our list when we attended the Grand Illumination, which counts down to the annual lighting of the city skyline, and then joined the masses after dark to check out the tacky lights tour.

Tonight, we're building our first fire of the season and reading bedtime stories fireside.

How do you count down to Christmas?


  1. That is such a great idea, I'm sure we'll do similar stuff when Jane is older... for now I'm lazy and don't even put up decorations, but I really do enjoy seeing lights up around the neighborhood and even hearing holiday music everywhere...makes the beginning of winter so much more bearable...

  2. I'm so jealous, that's an amazing idea! With how crazy busy we are trying to get settled into our new house, I'm just hoping to get the tree up soon and bake some cookies! I'll have to keep this idea for next year, love it!

  3. Well, I have to be honest. We are not having a tree this year...we're feeling too cramped and disorganized to bring a living TREE inside also. :) Meant to tell you that Allie's new room is super sweet and a real "big girl" space! So pretty.


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