Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! I’m excited and if you’re rolling your eyes right now because it’s still November I say Bah Humbug to you!
I love this time of year. The weather is glorious, people are festive, children are excited and a new beginning is just around the corner.
Our annual Christmas Drinks for family and friends are on the calendar and my head is beginning to swirl around all things Christmas and how to make it meaningful and memorable.
As children we had one advent calendar that came out every year. It hung on the back of the toilet door and the first one to the toilet in the morning got to open the door to reveal a Christmas picture. The excitement of a picture! At the end of each year, we would close all the doors and put it away for next time.
I want to maintain a similar tradition, but today’s Advent calendars make me cranky. What do Lightening McQueen, football team and Monsters Inc themed advent calendars have to do with Christmas? A big fat nothing!
Christmas is about the birth of Christ and the message of love he brought into the world. Our Christmas traditions should be a reflection of that.
I figure the greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of time, our time. That’s what our Advent calendar will hold. The space for connection and the creation of memories.
I made an advent calendar a few years ago. If you don’t have one check out some advent ideas here. In each box I will place an activity we can do as a family. I’ve made up a list of things my little boy loves to do and I have been strategic about what activities are allocated to what days to make it all possible.
December 1: Set up the Christmas tree and decorate the house
December 2: Go scooting
December 3: Write and post a letter to Santa
December 4: Cook something yummy
December 5: Play under the sprinkler
December 6: Visit Nanny
December 7: Have a Christmas Party
December 8: Have a photo with Santa
December 9: Visit the donut shop
December 10: Visit Grammy and Grandad
December 11: Go to the park
December 12: Do Christmas craft
December 13: Play soccer
December 14: Fly a kite
December 15: Go out to dinner for hamburgers
December 16: Go to the beach
December 17: Make a milkshake
December 18: Visit the cousins and big dog Hudson
December 19: Go to Carols by Candlelight
December 20: Have a picnic
December 21: Visit Monkey Mayhem
December 22: Go for a bush walk
December 23: Go to the pool
December 24: Go to the shop to buy the Christmas ham
December 25: Christmas!
With a bit of forward planning you can do this too.
What sort of activities would you place in your calendar?