I love traditions, whether they are traditions as big as Christmas, Easter and Birthdays, or traditions you have within your home. As our family changes and grows, we improve on traditions to include everyone. Christmas is one of those times of year where traditions can be continued and new ones can be discovered. The Advent Calendar, as in so many homes, has become one of our favourites at christmas. As soon as Gabbylocks was old enough to open the ‘days’she became involved. Over the past 3 years we have had a re-usable wooden one, which has been used differently as our 1st kidlet grew. It went from opening the doors and taking out the little ornament to having the odd extra surprise in some boxes. Last year I left notes that told Gabbylocks we were to do activities, go somewhere special or just eat a yummy treat. This year our Rogey Bear is 2.5 and wants to be involved so our tradition might have to grow further.
Over the past week or two I have been searching for a different Advent Calendar. Thank you to the other wonderful bloggers out there who have shared some of there favourites. I was hoping to make my own this year but time seems to be slipping away from, as it always seems to do. I have given myself a timeline. If I do not have any of the necessary items, to make one, by the weekend, then I may have to resort to our well used one. If we go this way I will be adding some mini scrolls inside each box with a variety of activities.
- Write and post our letter to Santa
- Get a new christmas book – library or bought
- Gather up some toys that are no longer played with and donate to charity
- Buy, wrap and place a present under the K’mart wishing tree
- Go for a drive as a family and see the christmas lights
- Go on a treasure hunt for a surprise
- Make and decorate gingerbread men
- Have a photo with Santa
- Make a christmas decoration
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Write and decorate christmas cards for friends and teachers
- Host a tea party
- Make an ornament nd then give it away to a neighbour
- Donate some items to the local Wish tree
- At dinner, describe what you love about each family member
These are just a few ideas. I would fill the claendar with treats or one of these activities above.
May this be a tradition you continue or introduce into your family.
Lots of smiles
Paula 🙂 🙂