Friday, November 28, 2014

Advent Calendar - Kid's Edition

Wow, so it’s been AWHILE I posted anything here, but it’s that time of the year again – the festive season! I know that not everyone out there enjoys this time of the year (with the temperatures plummeting and the lack of sunshine outside), but I just love it. Just think about it – hot chocolate, warm socks, decorations and music.

It’s been more than a few weeks now that most of the stores started selling advent calendars, you know, the kind with chocolates in them. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE CHOCOLATE, but I think it’s not what the holiday season is about after all.

So this year I’ve decided to do something different. Miss V is 4 now, so she totally gets the concept of Christmas and gift-giving and such. I decided to create an advent calendar for her that it made up of activities (there’ll be some chocolate eating in there too, of course!). Some will be easy tasks (week nights) and others will be more elaborate (weekends).

There are LOTS of ideas out there, especially if you are a fan of Pinterest. I browsed some stuff, and after getting better acquainted with what this is all about, I’ve come up with something we’ll be doing this year – it’s cheap, it’s simple, anyone can do it!

What you’ll need:

          * Festive paper bags – ours were purchased for $9.99 from IKEA; they even come with numbered stickers from 1 to 24, in case, like me, you want to use them for an advent calendar (so we’ll have 24 activities). Of course, you can always make your our bags, socks, pouches, whatever else your heart desires! :) I just don’t have that kind of time.

          * Some sort of word-processing application and a printer (alternatively, you can just cut up pieces of paper and write out activities by hand; I did ours in a spreadsheet program and added a small embellishment of holly, I couldn't resist!).
Print them up & cut them up
          * Ribbon (or something else to hang the activities).

Our activities:
(W designates 6 weekend day activities)
  1. Decorate the tree
  2. Take a photo with Santa
  3. Make Christmas cookies (W)
  4. Build a gingerbread house
  5. Read a Christmas story
  6. Hang stockings
  7. Make paper snowflakes (here's how I usually do it)
  8. Buy a gift for charity
  9. Listen to Christmas music
  10. Buy a gift for daddy
  11. Buy a gift for mommy
  12. Make gifts for your teachers (W)
  13. Make & send special cards to babushka and deda (our out-of-country grandparents) (W)
  14. Read a Christmas story
  15. Snuggle with mom & dad by the fire
  16. Watch Christmas cartoons
  17. Enjoy a candy cane
  18. Give a gift to A (Miss V's special friend) (W)
  19. Buy Christmas jammies (W)
  20. Wrap presents
  21. Make special cards for your teachers (W)
  22. Read a Christmas story
  23. Drink hot chocolate
  24. Make s'mores
I lined up the bags into weekly rows and sorted the activities that way :)
As you might notice, some of these activities aren't really activities (like, enjoying a candy cane, for example) and some are super easy or are repeated (reading a Christmas story), but given that we are busy during the week, we'll do just that - simple things to keep out advent countdown going.

I hope you enjoy our list - feel free to borrow some or all of it!

Happy Holidays everyone! :)

Read my older blog posts on the subject of Christmas here :)