I love making memories with the boys and I try to keep the same traditions from year to year. It is amazing how much they remember as they grow and it a great way to keep them anticipating holidays.
I have always attempted to create an Advent calendar that worked for our family. The last few years have been an absolute fail because I either did not have the time to craft a calendar or I didn’t feel like buying one at the store. This year I am on the ball and created this. I love that the slots are big enough that little fingers can pull the family activity out easily.
It was really easy to make and only took 20 minutes. I wrote out activities on a blank index card. I used a poster board and sticky card holders from a teacher’s store. I think it is cute and I can laminate it to use every year. Also, the activities listed work for our family.
- Drive around and look at lights
- Watch a movie
- Make gifts for grandmas and grandpas
- Donate three toys
- Bake cookies
- Decorate our trees
- Make a letter to Santa
- Write a letter to Jesus saying thanks
There are many more activities you can use, I just decided to use what works for us.
In preparing for Advent, I also decided that we need to focus a little bit more on anticipating the birth of Jesus as a family so I bought this book.
So far I am loving it and I am excited to share some of the activities with the kids. I think that this book is the perfect balance between activities for a family and for the kids.
Also, I have been busy reading blogs and listening to podcasts about preparing families for Advent and the Christmas season. This podcast featuring Kendra from CatholicAllYear.com is a must listen to for all moms.