Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Advent Calendar

We always do an advent calendar with the kids. In Canada, we have a Christmas tree with little drawers that we fill with chocolates each year. When you open a drawer, you turn it around before putting it back in, gradually turning your Christmas tree into a Christmas scene.

This year, we are going to do Christmas envelopes as our advent calendar. Our friend Tricia has done this before, I will have to look back on her blog for some ideas. You make a garland with 24 little envelopes, each day you open an envelope, and there is a fun family activity described for the day.

As we are going to be waking up in 4 different locations over the course of the advent calendar, we are going to use a single envelope rather than a garland. I will pop a new activity card inside each night. Depending how busy we are, the activities may get a little lame from time to time, e.g. sleep on air mattresses, stay in a hotel, fly to Canada, but we'll do our best.

Here are some of our ideas:
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Make Christmas Cards
  • Make sugar cookies
  • Decorate sugar cookies
  • Go for a walk in the dark with headlamps
  • Visit Benjamin Tree farm and cut down a Christmas tree
  • Decorate Christmas tree
  • Have a games night
  • Have a movie night with popcorn
  • Go out for dinner
  • Go to see Christmas lights (we may do this twice - downtown Bordeaux and around KW)
  • Take fun family photos
  • Have a lego building competition
  • Make mince pies for Santa (and mum, mostly mum)
  • Make a snowman and/or snowfort
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Take the tram across the river
  • Go ice skating at Pey Berland
  • Go sledding
  • Have a photo slideshow
  • Have a family game of rugby
  • Do a Christmas craft
Can you believe it's the first of December tomorrow? 

1 comment:

  1. Good timing! I am just getting my advent calendar post together just now!

    Have fun! See you soon!