The last time I posted, we were breaking out the Christmas decorations. My kids were reminding to jump into the fun of the season with both feet. I am just now coming up for air.
This year, I updated our Advent Calendar with some new activities and decided to daily take and post pictures of our activities on instagram (@jamiebrewha), twitter (@hippypastorwife), and on my personal Facebook page. It was both an intention to hold myself accountable to fully doing all of the things I planned as well as sharing our celebration of the season with friends and family.
Dec 1 - Make a Christmas countdown chain filled with things we are thankful for!
Dec 2 – Make bead snowflakes
Dec 3 – find some new Christmas music and listen to it!
Dec 4 – Go food shopping for the church food pantry
Dec. 5 – Learn about St. Nick in preparation for St. Nicholas Day
Dec. 6 – Look in your shoes!
Dec. 7 - Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
Dec. 8 - Read the Christmas story from the Bible
Dec. 9 - Dessert First Night
Dec. 10 – Make Christmas Cards for homebound church members
Dec. 11 - Decorate the Christmas tree
Dec. 12 - Buy toys for children in need
Dec. 13 – Make and decorate with paper snowflakes
Dec. 14 - Send out Christmas cards
Dec. 15 – Take a Christmas train ride with Santa
Dec. 16 – Wrap toys for Angel Tree family
Dec. 17 - Make Christmas gifts/ornaments
Dec. 18 - Sing Chistmas songs to family (we sent videos to family near and far!)
Dec. 19 - Bake Christmas cookies
Dec. 20 – Take Christmas cookies to neighbors
Dec. 21 – Learn about and Celebrate the Winter Solstice – Take a candlelit bath
Dec. 22 - breakfast for dinner
Dec. 23 - Drive around to look at Christmas lights in pajamas
Dec. 24 - open one special present
Dec. 25 – It’s Christmas! Sing happy birthday to Jesus.
I’m a little exhausted just looking at the list and the pictures, but we had a blast. It meant things like Christmas shopping and meal preparations were pushed a little to the last minute, but it kept me grounded in my kids’ needs. Some days when things would get crazy the few hours we spent making Christmas ornaments or even the few minutes we spent wrapping toys really turned the tone of the day around.
We finished off Christmas with three days of cooking and entertaining, It was wonderful and chaotic. We’ve spent the past few days recovering, sledding, and gearing up for B’s 6th birthday tomorrow.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading, and I look forward to writing more in 2013!