I think it was only 3 days ago that I remembered that December was coming and the kids would be expecting something fun and exciting to happen.
You see, each year I try and come up with little daily surprises for my kids to help them get ready for MY favorite holiday.
Sometimes we have a regular, candy filled, advent calendar...
some years one of Santa's elves visits every day with little letters of encouragement (and reprimands for extra naughty children....)
This year I decided to do 4 different Advent calendars
Mostly because I have 4 younger kids that would fight over who got to open the thingy each day.
This year they get to rotate what they open each morning.
The first calendar I made years ago. It is a wonky little tree with pockets. Each day you move the Star closer and closer to the top of the tree.
This next one is snack pockets. I loaded each pouch with 4 small treats, one for each kid.
(like Tootsie Roll, or Dum Dum sucker. Nothing too big)
I put up envelopes on for the weekend days. They will hold a note about special breakfasts, or fun deserts for lunch.
For the Third- Little gift bags that hold notes about a different Christmas activity each evening.
I kept these fairly simple like-
*Cocoa and a Christmas Movie tonight
*Make and decorate cookies
*Make cards for Grandma and Grandpa
*See Christmas Lights in town
The 4th is my favorite!
I got a Christmas card holder shaped like a tree. On it I hung little gift boxes with bits of Bliss fabric on them. I printed off the cute little number circles from a cute little blog that I can't seem to find right now, but I will update this when I do.
Inside each box is a daily challenge. The challenges are things that will mostly help us learn to serve others.
*Draw a Christmas picture to give to a neighbor
*Smile at 6 people you don't know
*Tell your teachers "Thank You"
*Talk to someone that looks lonely on the playground
*Let someone else be "First" today
Each night we close our day talking about what we did for others today, and with a Scripture story about the Saviors life to help us prepare for the celebration of his birth.
What do you do with your kids for Christmas fun?
Let the Merriment begin!