Thursday, December 01, 2011

ADVENT 2011 Day 1

Our Advent activities this year are a little adjusted. Well it seems each year I do that a bit. But this year we are going again with the 24 Christmas books all wrapped up (I forgot to take a picture so I'll take it today!)
We had two books today since we've got more than 24 - some are wrapped with 2 in the package. We opened these two books...
Polar Express and Gingerbread Pirates

And then this.
Advent Activity Jar
This year instead I put all the activities inside the jar and each day the kids pick out two or three.

Our craft pulled from the jar was this. A very simple santa hat. Red construction paper and I wanted to use cotton balls but I couldn't find them, and these cotton pads worked just as well!
Santa Hat Craft
Lucy's Santa Hat Craft
My kids plus two neighbor kids who were over while we did our Christmas craft today.
Dec 1 - Santa Hats

And then we opened some pjs and went driving around town to see all the lights.
Christmas Lights

They also have a Lego Christmas Advent Calendar all the kids are sharing and one of those chocolate ones each. That way they always get to open one with chocolate and each third day they get a small lego guy.

What are YOU doing for your advent calendar this year?


Chelsea Belle said...

can I come live at YOUR house??

Hmm, well, today for advent we broke mommy's new christmas balls, when she wasn't looking:)

Carlye said...

Hey we have Gingerbread Pirates in our advent too!! (and I agree with Chelsea... I'm pretty sure there's a little corner in your basement where we could stay --- we wouldn't ask for much!)

this and and then said...

you wear me out, you amazing person, you!

Christal said...

Kolten came home and told me about the totally awesome advent calender alden has! I knew I wasn't going to live that one down! He was describing like every bit of it! So fun you really are an amazing amazing mom! Good thing two of my kids get to do fun stuff with Rhonda:) Lauren sure wishes her mom was more crafty ha ha!! She was also super excited to show lucy the doll magazine as she called it! The life of girls without sisters!! Fun post but then again every post of yours is! see ya later!

Gabrielle Steed said...

I wish I lived in your house!!!! Too fun.

shannon said...

Love it! Funny I just posted about advent!
How do you remember to take all the pictures??

Kristi-Anna said...

What a fun idea... maybe next year! I have the cute advent boxes from Stampin' Up! from last year... they get folded away at the end of the season for future use. We put three chocolates in them most days... fun ones like Dove Snowflakes, Hershey Bells, and even lumps of crisped chocolate lumps of coal! :) On Sunday's they get something non-chocolate... last week was a Nerds or Jolly Rancher scented nailpolish for the girls, and Zachary got a Lego Mini Figure... Other Sunday's will include super bouncy balls, lip smackers and such. Hmmm, book fair going on at school this week, maybe I'll stop in for a book for one of the Sunday's!! :) I love your idea of the crafty thing... does that happen EVERY DAY!?