2011 Advent calenders and a Pause in Advent 14



I love advent and each year I also take part in a Pause for Advent with Floss  I use it as a time to explain to the boys the fundementals about Christmas and also to make sure that we do not get lost in the excitement of the buildup to Christmas Day itself. For the last two years we have hung up the 24 small stockings that I made, each with a task for the day attached to them.  I am hoping that by focusing on advent this year it will help me get through each day as it comes, rather than worrying about how I am feeling.  I am trying very hard to live in the present and take each day as it comes.

This is our list from last year

Write and post your letter to Father Christmas
Help ice the Christmas cake
Make Christmas cards
Make shapes with the cookie cutters and playdough
Make Christmas shrinky dinks
Make paper snowflakes
Go to Carol Service
Colour in some Christmas pictures
Make some Christmas fairy cakes
Make paper chains
Collect Pinecones
Start reading about the nativity
Write your Christmas cards and deliver local ones
Make salt dough ornaments
String popcorn to go on the tree
Make a bird feeder
Sing and dance to Christmas songs
Make some Christmas cookies
Watch a Christmas movie
Make reindeer food
Read a Christmas Story
Make up a Christmas story
Take a walk in the dark to look at the Christmas lights
Help trim the tree
Make mince pies
make spiced cider
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
Make Thick Hot Chocolate and marshmallows
Put up a wreath
Decorate our gingerbread house
Make a family traditional dessert

In addition to this, we also have my old advent calender, which is 30 years old and I won from church, each day tells the Christmas story in a poem form.

We also have two more calenders to add to that this year, both in the same format of 24 little books, one is the nutcracker and the other the Christmas Story, which I hope the boys will become attatched to in the same way as I am to my calender.

Finally, as I am not really a scrooge the boys do both have a chocolate calender this year, which were given to them by Hotel Chocolat, who also do the most divine Christmas hampers too