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Advent Ideas!

It’s that time of year…when the world starts to count down till Christmas cheer, every year…

heheheh…I know I’m terrible at changing the words to a song.  That’s one of my favorite songs at Christmas, though (when the world falls in love every song you hear, seems to say, Merry Christmas). =)

Well, I wanted to get this post in before December hits because you have to start an advent calendar on the 1st!  I mean, you could totally start one on another day, but it would be weird.  Yeah.  Okay…moving on.

This year I decided to use this Christmas tree advent calendar from Pink Suede Shoes

advent calendar tutorial

And for the insides of them I’m using this list of ideas from Live Love Laugh

with a few changes for our own family traditions.

  1. Go outside and look at the moon & stars before bedtime. Remember the star that the wise men followed?
  2. Take Christmas pictures
  3. Decorate bedroom doors
  4. {candy}
  5. Watch a Christmas movie
  6. Bake cookies with Mommy
  7. A special present…To Be Announced (or thought of, lol)
  8. Make paper snowflakes
  9. {candy}
  10. Take Christmas goodies to a shut-in member from our church
  11. Make a Christmas card for friend
  12. Build a fort from blankets & pillows. Read a Christmas book in the fort.
  13. Have hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows or whipped cream.
  14. Donate food to a food bank in the area (or a needy family)
  15. {candy}
  16. Make window clings with fabric paint
  17. Play with our nativity and talk about Jesus as a Baby
  18. Eat dessert first (brownies with peppermint ice cream)
  19. Make a shiny star.
  20. Drive around and look at Christmas lights in our pajamas
  21. Sing carols
  22. Make paper toys (http://www.thetoymaker.com) (this looks sooooo cool!)
  23. Go on a Christmas scavenger hunt (I may regret this with a two year old!)
  24. Read Christmas story from the Bible and open Christmas Eve present from Mommy & Daddy

I’ve changed some of the original ones because they wouldn’t work in our city AND/OR with a 2-yr old.  I’m not sure about the paper toy one, but it looks really fun so I’m game, hehe.

I’ve already gotten a couple of sources together for next year..and following.  But YOU might be interested in them now.

I love the idea of having the wise men follow the star in this countdown activity from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots:

 

And this wreath (that she apparently found at Target, WHAT???) is pretty cool (I feel a DIY coming on)…also from Live Love Laug’h

And if you’re like me and love using fun activities to include a teaching moment…here is a REALLY neat idea from Creekside Learning

Character Traits Advent Calendar

Unfortunately, the Littles wouldn’t quite understand this for a couple years yet, but it’s tucked away on my Pinterest board for when they’re old enough to appreciate good character.

December Photoaday Challenge

This year I’m also planning on doing something a little different.  I want to join in on this December “Photo-a-Day” Challenge from Raising Mighty Arrows.  I WILL NOT be posting the pictures here on my blog, but I will be posting them on my Facebook page: Quiet Workings – and if I miss some, well, what can I say?  I have a lot going on in my house right now, lol.

 

I hope you all are enjoying the “Make Me a Blessing” series.  I plan to continue it on into December with some ways that we can all be a blessing to others.

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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