Advent Activities for Children

The holiday season is upon us all and I’m sure we’re all feeling the hustle and bustle of getting things ready for the family.  Getting holiday gifts for loved ones, decorating the house and spending lots of time with family can be overwhelming.  Last year I spent some time developing an individualized advent calendar for my children.  I will link that here (Last years advent activities). The family advent activities were small things that we could do together as a family and get some special time with our children to slow down the hectic moments.  This year, I am pulling some of the same activities for my family and adding in a few new ones.

 

Dec 1: Decorate the family Christmas Tree

Dec 2: New Book: Look and Be Grateful by Tomie DePaola.  We are trying to teach our 3 year old how to be appreciative.

Dec 3: Read the story of the Birth of Jesus

Dec 4: Make and a paper chain to decorate the tree

Dec 5: Mess-Free Glitter Christmas Tree and Gingerbread house by Melissa and Doug

Dec 6: Hang the felt Christmas tree and ornaments

Dec 7: New Book: Kindness to share from A to Z

Dec 8: Have a dance party with Christmas Music

Dec 9: Local zoo light event

Dec 10: Make homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast

Dec 11: Winter Snow Dough- this was a huge hit last year so I have to repeat it!

Dec 12: Make Hot Chocolate

Dec 13: Decorate Christmas cards for the police and fire men and women

Dec 14: Donate 2 toys each to another child or organization

Dec 15: New Book: Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Dec 16: Bake Christmas cookies for friends

Dec 17: Go ice skating- I received skates last year and never got to use them. So, what better excuse than to take our 3 year old for the first time!

Dec 18: Paint with cookie cutters

Dec 19: New Book: Pete the Cat Save Christmas

Dec 20: Have holiday Sprinkles on our Waffles for dinner (Waffle Wednesday is a tradition at our house instead of Taco Tuesday)

Dec 21: Bake and cake for Jesus’ Birthday

Dec 22: Drive around and look at the lights

Dec 23: Watch a Christmas movie

Dec 24: Attend Christmas Eve Mass

Dec 25: Celebrate Christmas with our family!

I’m excited to bring out the Advent calendar again this year.  Our three year old is just starting to understand the holiday and I’m looking forward to showing her how to help others out during this season.  It is important to show children how they can be Christ like throughout the whole year, but especially during the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Do you do anything special with your family during this time of year?  What are some of your favorite traditions?  I hope this holiday season is filled with lots of special blessings for all of you!

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Thankful November 

It’s November 1st and if you are on Facebook you may remember the 30 days of Thanks posts that were filling up your news feed in years past.  With everything going on in our world, these next 30 days may be refreshing and uplifting as more and more positivity fill our social media addictions.  However, I am going to go one step further with this trend.

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During the next 30 days instead of just being thankful on social media for others to see, I want to actually acknowledge those that have done something thoughtful.  A physical thank you note instead of a virtual high-five.  I’ve created small slips of “Thank You” paper and printed them out on card stock to keep with me.  When someone does something nice and I notice it, whether it was something nice for me or someone else, I am going to jot down a note and make sure they get it.  At times, I may make it anonymous.  The simple fact that I noticed good in the world will not only brighten my day, but someone else as well!
This new social media trend of highlighting what you are Thankful for is something we need in our world.  We need to be reminded of the good in our lives.  We need to acknowledge when someone does something kind for a fellow human.  Simple acts of chivalry should not go unacknowledged or thanked.  If we stop appreciating what others do for us, then that is when people stop doing the act all together.  In other words, if a person is always holding a door for others but no one ever holds the door for them, odds are the person is going to also stop holding the door for others.

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So, for the next 30 days I challenge you to give Thanks to those around you for even the simplest of things.  Either post a message on Facebook of why you are Thankful for them or send/hand them a card. I will attach my “Thank You” slips for you to use.
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