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Monday, February 9, 2009

So many Advents, so little time!

There are some awesome ideas for advents out there.

Little Birdie Secrets has collected a great list of ideas

Tip Junkie got me started on this, look at the great collection she has put together. This one too! This woman works hard, here are yet more ideas from Tip Junkie.

Plus a 12 days of Christmas post, and I need to check back when her sister site is up again to see their 17 Christmas traditions
And the idea I want to pursue, compliments of the Painter Family Blog. Instead of just getting a present or adding an object to a display, the Painter's advent incorporates holiday activities into the advent. I want to use it to include our holiday events/experiences for the year, as well as inspire us to do something holiday related each day. Some ideas include:

  • Set up the Christmas Tree
  • Read Christmas storybooks
  • Choose a name from the Angel Tree. (Or any similar charity tree)
  • Go shopping for our Angel Tree child.
  • Have a hot chocolate bar ( Think yummy mix ins!)
  • Attend Ward Christmas Party
  • Go sledding
  • Write letters to Santa
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Tell the Nativity Story (FHE)
  • Build a snowman/play in the snow
  • Make neighbor gifts
  • Deliver neighbor gifts
  • Drive around looking at Christmas lights
  • Make ice luminaries
  • Attend Dad's Work Christmas Party
  • Attend Family Party #1
  • Attend Family Party #2
  • Attend Family Party #3
  • (We have lots of parties to attend!)
  • Bake & Decorate Christmas Cookies
  • Have an ice sculpture contest.
  • Have a fondue night
  • Sing Christmas Carols together
  • Decorate Gingerbread houses
  • Bake sugar cookies
  • Decorate sugar cookies
  • Watch LDS Christmas Devotional w/hot cocoa
  • Watch Charlie Brown's Christmas
  • Open Christmas Pillowcases
  • See the lights at Temple Square
  • Schedule a time with extended family to tour Christmas decor from house to house, eating treats and playing games along the way!
Here are a bunch more from

Go Ice Skating
Watch It's a Wonderful Life, make spiced cider.
Exchange gifts
Make Christmas Cookies for friends.
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
Address and Mail Christmas Cards
Go to Borders and Pick out one new Christmas CD.
Go to The Nutcracker
Handel's Messiah Sing Along
Leave out wooden shoes on December 5
Go to the Temple to see the Nativity
Make Thick Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallows
Host a Christmas Sweater Party
Put up a ribbon sash for Christmas cards
Donate canned goods
Give neighbors a present
Put up a wreath
Make a Gingerbread house
Make a popcorn garland
Make hot chocolate and read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Sing (or listen) to favorite Christmas songs
Drive around to see neighborhood lights
Go out and see public light display
Read Christmas story from the Bible and the Book of Mormon
Open a gift (new stocking or pajamas or pillowcase)
Make a family traditional dessert
Eat out at a festive restaurant
Go to a seasonal movie
Tell stories of childhood Christmas around the fire
Have a romantic candlelit dinner by the Christmas tree
Make decorative sugar cookies
Sign up to purchase gifts for a needy child
Host a Christmas dessert party
Write out a Christ-centered goal to start early for the New Year
Have a movie party (classic Christmas clips)
Go to a Christmas Concert
Attend City tree lighting event
Have a full traditional breakfast while listening to Christmas music

Updated 2010*   Check out the Sabbatical Mom blog for her daily posts on their 25 days of Christmas. Full posts for every day!

Now, don't feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips on prioritizing our events during the holiday season.

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