I’m so excited for our advent celebration this year! Annie is really old enough now to start enjoying our family activities – and she can more actively participate. She had SO much fun last year so I know this year she will have a hard time containing herself. 🙂
For those of you who are newer readers, each year our family celebrates the Advent season by doing a different daily family activity. We chose to do this instead of giving a gift each day because we wanted to teach our children that the Christmas season isn’t really about gifts.
We do some simple and easy activities and then some that take more effort. The point is for us to enjoy time together and to make memories. Traditions are very important to me.
You don’t have to make this a difficult thing either – simple things are sometimes the best. Obviously, activities will vary based on the age of your children. But that’s the funnest part! Each year will also vary so your kids don’t quite know what to expect. 😉 They’ll just look forward to the tradition of family time together.
It doesn’t take a fancy calendar either! Mine is from Amazon and it works just fine. There are all sorts of DIY projects for them on Pinterest. Or you can check out my personal favorite from Intentional by Grace: An Advent Calendar for Broke People Who Line Dry Their Clothes.
A few examples of our family activities:
-Gingerbread house (that I buy on clearance the year before)
-Dinner by candlelight
-A drive to look at Christmas lights around the town
-Cookies for the mail man
-Bless someone anonymously
This year I’m excited because I bought a new family devotional for us. It’s called Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent. I was just using print outs before, so it’s nice to have a real book this year. Each night we do our devotional together before putting Annie to bed.
I have enjoyed putting our family photos of each activity on Facebook for the past two years. We enjoy celebrating with you guys. 🙂 This year I’ll also be posting them on Twitter. Follow along and celebrate with us!