Finally finished writing the activities for our family Advent calendar last night. My boys still aren’t aware of the existence of chocolate advent calendars!! So I’m kicking this advent tradition off now in the hope that (long term) it will be more exciting than chocolate. OK maybe they won’t always think that but it should make sure Advent is a family time in our house.
For each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas we have come up with an activity we can do together. (It has to be both the boys plus either S or I but preferably both). These have all been written onto seperate pieces of paper and are going to be placed in the pockets of a fabric advent calendar. (you could also put them into 24 envelopes and string up from a card holder)
Some of the activities are things we were already doing – crib service on Christmas Eve, going to see a children’s Christmas show at the Philharmonic.
Some of the activities are simple and easy – watching the Snowman DVD together, reading the nativity story at bedtime, making paper snowflakes.
Some involve a trip out – going to see the lights in town, following a sheep trail.
Some of the activities are ‘jobs’ we need to do – delivering Christmas Cards, making mince pies.
But hopefully through all this we will stop and spend time together as a family in the mad rush to Christmas. And for S and I we get chance to re engage with the childhood magic of Christmas.