There is a lot of excitement in our house this week - with end of year parties, school finishing, family coming to stay and Christmas just around the corner. Christmas definitley gets a lot more fun as your children get older. We have been doing lots of fun things every day to make the holiday season even more exciting than it already is, I especially love the special traditions, both old and new, that we carry out each year.
This year, I could sit back and observe as the kids pretty much assembled and decorated the tree themselves! Oscar is tall enough to reach the top now so the decorations are spread out evenly and it was very important to find that "special spot" for our new decorations this year.
A few months ago I pulled out all of our Christmas books and started buying a few more to add to the collection until I had 24. Each night, before bed, the children take in turns choosing a book from under the tree and unwrapping it and that is what we read as our bedtime story. I'm making sure that we finish with a book that it more spiritual and reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas, so have labeled one book "do not open until Christmas Eve." I'm loving this new tradition and the kids get especially excited when they open a new book that we haven't read before.
Because we were away for Christmas last year, it feels like forever ago since we last used the advent stockings. I've tried really hard to make sure that the activity that is pulled out each day is achievable and not too much effort after a busy day. We've found that the kids are really happy to do anything, they enjoy the tradition more than everything. I'll list our activities below if you are looking for new ones. Also, it's easier if I don't choose the activity until the night before when I can be sure that is what I feel like doing the next day!
|The Christmas wreath I made a few years ago is still going strong. I'm sure I'll have to make another one when we build a new house to match the colour scheme - perhaps I'll have to sell this one with the house?!|
|Decorating Grandma and Poppy's house one Sunday evening.|
ADVENT ACTIVITY IDEAS:
Watch a Christmas movie about baby Jesus
Write in Christmas cards for friends
Take family photos for Christmas card
Hang candy canes on the tree
Go out for an icecream to celebrate the last day of school
Go to the town Christmas party
Play Christmas bingo
Knock and run
Buy a present to put under the Kmart giving tree
Family games night
Pancakes for dinner
Write postcards for cousins
Make gingerbread houses
Make Christmas lolly houses
Make sand snowmen at the beach
Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
Parcel for missionaries
Sleepover in the loungeroom
Get an icecream at the shop after dinner
Make Christmas cookies
Go to the park for a picnic dinner
Take treats to the aged care home
Make a basket of Christmas goodies for a neighbour
Leave out snacks for Santa and the reindeer
Make rainbow playdough