Nov 9, 2011

Advent Adventures

It's hard to believe it's already time to think about Christmas plans. (Where did the year go?) The Girl is old enough that things will really start clicking this year, so I'm extra excited about traditions and memory making!

One of my favorite memories from Russell Family Christmas' was the advent calendar that we enjoyed. Each day we would pull a fun experience or event to enjoy together as a family. So fun!

Well, the fun will carry on, and here's this year's list. (You'll notice there are more than 25... a few are weather specific so I had to have backups incase the snow isn't available for "sledding with Dad" for instance! I tried to be budget conscience, too. The Girl will get to pull these every morning, and they'll be strategically placed on certain dates based on our schedule.)

So, without further adieu, and in no particular order:
Go and visit Santa in DTSB
Go see the Nutcracker ballet and eat out!
Watch Charlie Brown Christmas and eat popcorn
Learn about Saint Nicholas
Craft: Ornament
Craft: Marshmallow Snowman
Craft: Handprint ornaments
Write a letter to Santa
Make a birthday cake for Jesus!
Decorate cookies
Craft: Gingerbread house
Craft: Popcorn garland
Make hot chocolate, stir with candy canes and read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by the fire
Drive through Winding Brook light display!
Watch Frosty the Snowman and eat Peppermint ice cream
Have an indoor picnic next to the Christmas tree w/ all red and green food!
Use puppets/stuffed animals to tell bedtime story
Camp out around the Christmas tree
Buy a toy and donate to Toys for Tots
Craft: Paint a Nativity picture
Craft: Green hand print wreath
Craft: Gift tags for presents
Dance like crazy to Christmas music
Craft: Paper snowflakes
Call and sing a Christmas song to Grandparents
Craft: Red and green tree garland (paper chain)
Go sledding with Dad
Build a snowman
Build a snow fort
Go Christmas Caroling
Go Ice Skating
Watch "It's a Wonderful Life"

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