Over the last few years, Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace posted what she plans to do during the advent period with her family. My initial thought, when I read it last year, was “Nice idea, but I don’t have time to do something like that.” but somehow it stayed with me and soon an idea was born…
Our apartment hasn’t got the means to put up a line of trees like Leigh Ann has done, so I thought that I would make use of a cork board that I had sitting around. Digging through our craft box, I found some black and green paper and some gold card.
A bit of measuring and cutting and I had a hill scene.
The children (ok rephrase the girls- J wasn’t interested) traced round a star shape (biscuit cutters work a treat!) and then cut them out. They wrote numbers 1-24 on the stars. (E got a bit carried away with the odd numbers and continued up to 39, resulting in us ‘adjusting’ the numbers a bit).
I then wrote on the back the advent activity that we would do on a particular day.
Before I continue with the list of activities is would like to add a little note here-
I’m not super mum. I’m not good at completing tasks and inevitably I fall behind on things that require a daily commitment. This was no different. Despite me trying not to put anything too time consuming on the list, we have still needed to use the weekends and school holidays to catch up on the activities. The point of the activities was to create Christmas memories with the children, share the meaning of Christmas with them and get them involved with Christmas.
Some of the activities that we did last year, I will blog about and create a links to them, but in the meantime here they are:
1: Make an advent board/ display.
2: Read the nativity story and ‘Character Treasure Hunt’-
We have an olive nativity set, so I hid them round the living room for the children to find. We then created the scene on our sideboard.
3: Make and put up paper chains.
(or if you are in the UK you can buy some lovely ones here
4: Learn the words to a Christmas Carol (We wish you a merry Christmas/ o Come all ye faithful)
5: Choose a new Christmas carol CD
6: Watch a Christmas Movie- Frosty the Snowman
7: Decorate the Christmas tree.
8: Make Christmas cards using hand and footprints.
9: Make snowflakes
10: Do a charitable deed.
11: Make an Angel to go onto the tree or table.
12: Make ginger biscuits
13: Take the biscuits into school and give them to teachers and classmates.
14: Make origami ornaments for the tree.
15: Do a Random act of Kindness
16: Plan our Christmas Day menu.
17: Make ‘Light of the World’ candle holders.
18: Make a funny Christmas video (email or share on Facebook on Christmas Day)
19: Attend a Carol Service.
20: Make a wreath for the table
21: Make a snow globe.
22: Make a birthday cake for Jesus
23: Visit a Christmas Illumination
24: Attend a Christmas Eve service
25: Celebrate the birth of Christ.
As I mentioned above, the point of these activities is to share the meaning of Christmas with the children, have fun with them and make it less about the commercial factor. This year, we are heading over to Thailand for a sailing holiday, so Christmas is going to be very different. I’m not going to do the advent board, but I might make an Christmas activity tree- where we can choose activities to do.
Some of the activities, I will do from the list above, some I might decide on when we are onboard the yacht and I can find some things that are linked to our environment- eg singing carols on the beach at sunset.
One thing I have found that I will do is follow the Advent Reading Plan with my children using the Jesus Storybook Bible. I love this Bible and will happily take it and some Christmas colouring in activities on holiday with us.
I would love to hear what activities you’ve got planned for Christmas.