Monday, November 28, 2011

what we'll be doing in december

Firstly, before I start the idea behind this is to enjoy my children's excitement of Christmas and if we do something little each day we'll be ready come the 25th so avoiding the mad rush to get everything done (which I'm an expert at). Secondly, I plan on having an unsealed envelope with an advent activity in it. This way depending on how we are feeling and the weather we can change things around. As I said here I'm combining an activities advent with a Christmas Book Advent so there'll also be a separately wrapped Christmas book (Christmas Advent book list to come).

Below is the best advent list I found from (in date order):

Deck the halls! (decorate tree, etc)
Take photos for Christmas cards
Buy a new Christmas album and listen to it
Make the house smell like Christmas (we'll just get a real tree for this)
Make Christmas Cards
Read a Christmas Story Book
Wrap Christmas Gifts
Make a new Christmas Decoration
Color a Christmas picture
Build a snowman or hang up paper snowflakes
Make hot chocolate and stir with candy canes
Make a treat and take it to a friend
Watch a christmas movie and eat popcorn
Go out for a Christmas treat
Do something nice for someone
Drive around and look for Christmas lights
Go visit Santa Clause
Do service for someone in need
Have a campout in front of the Christmas tree
Call grandma and grandpa and sing a Christmas song
Take gifts to teachers and friends
Read a story or watch a movie about the birth of Baby Jesus
Make cookies and write letters for Santa Clause
Read "The Night Before Christmas"

Not bad. Here are a few of my ideas:

Ornaments/Craft: *
Make handmade ornaments from salt flour like above for Grandparents using this recipe
Make a glass ornament hand print
Make a driftwood christmas tree like above
Make wrapping paper like this from Dee. Who is SO clever. 
* Personally I'd like to make almost all of the ornaments I've posted about lately see here and here

Take a trip to see the Christmas windows. (So glad that Ballentines is open in Christchurch CBD again).
Take a trip to the beach for driftwood Christmas tree craft
Take a trip to buy a present, wrap it and donate to children with cancer in hospital
Trip to Santa Parade (on 4th Dec)
Trip to the food bank to donate some food

Make Christmas Candy Tree Chocolate Brownies. Yum. 
Make Gingerbread men

Write a letter to those passed or visit graves (Oma)
Watch a movie (Maybe How the Gritch Stole Christmas)
On 5th December we'll celebrate St Nicholas (Dutch Christmas more about this here) by going to the Dutch Cafe and eating Chocolate letters, Pepernoten and coffee.  
Pack for the car trip to Grandparents
Have friends around for Christmas afternoon tea (serve them Christmas Chocolate Brownies)

I think that's more than enough. It is called the silly season after all.

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