How is your December going?! This time of year (between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve) is my very favorite. My mom was great at creating traditions while my siblings and I were growing up, so I have a lot of sentimental memories of this time of year. While those memories and traditions are still super special, one new adventure in my life is learning to create traditions specific to Michael + me. One thing we're trying this year that I'm SUPER excited about is a more "grown up" advent calendar.
Michael + I sat down and brainstormed a list of 24 things we really wanted to do between December 1st and December 24th. We then wrote those items on slips of paper, shuffled them up, and put them in envelopes labels 1-24. This way each day will be a surprise, but it will also be something that we really want to do between now and Christmas. I think this kind of advent calendar is so much better than the chocolate ones I got growing up, because these memories Michael + I will make together will last so much longer than a piece of chocolate. (Even though I do adore chocolate!)
Want some ideas of what you could include in your activity filled advent calendar?
Here are some of the things we included!
- Try making eggnog
- Invent a recipe together
- Watch a Christmas movie (we shuffled in about 5 of these)
- Go to a bookstore and read each other our favorite Christmas stories from our childhoods
- Make a wreath for the front door
- Make a garland
- Make a washi tape Christmas tree for the wall
- Take silly "family" Christmas photos (and find a Santa hat for Maximus)
- Make Nutella hot chocolate
- Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
- Have friends over for a game night (this one is planned in advance)
- Go see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- Make hot chocolate and drive around looking at Christmas lights
- Go get and decorate a Christmas tree
- Have a silly dance party of two to Christmas music
- Go ornament shopping
- Have a Christmas present wrapping party
- Invent new words to a favorite Christmas carol
What would you put in your activity-filled advent calendar?