At my dad's house they had a large cross stitch with ties all around that you used to secure the candy of your choice for each day.
This year I decided to make an advent calendar for Lucy to enjoy. After searching all over the internet and brainstorming ideas I decided to make a very easy and simple paper chain calendar that had a Christmas activity and act of service for Lucy to enjoy each day.
I also wanted to find one of the cardboard chocolate calendars to buy, but couldn't find one! Oh well.
Lucy had fun helping me tape the chain links together and working on a project with me. We hung it along the mantle and have watched it slowly dwindle down as we draw closer to Christmas.
I made an excel spreadsheet and listed the date, day of the week, and the activity and act of service for each day so that I could schedule in church parties, work parties, and Sabbath appropriate activities for Sunday, Monday family night, etc.
I intended on printing it out for my chain but was out of ink and so hand wrote each link instead. Some days we have had to save part of the activity for another day and so I save the link on the mantle until we have done all the activities and then throw it away once it is completed.
There were a lot of activities that I would have loved to include from my own childhood memories, but due to the warm climate and inaccessibility of our small town in Texas, I had to leave them out. Maybe another year!
So far we have really enjoyed the count down and I plan on continuing this tradition next year.
Here is the list of our December activities.
What other activities would you include or suggest for next year?
|Saturday||1-Dec||Go to the park||Give dad a massage|
|Sunday||2-Dec||Hot chocolate with marshmallows||Sing Lucy a song|
|Monday||3-Dec||Make cards for Grandparents||Put dads clean clothes away|
|Tuesday||4-Dec||Make gorilla bread||Sing dad a song|
|Wednesday||5-Dec||Make Christmas Wish list- put out shoes for St. Nick||Make someone's bed|
|Thursday||6-Dec||See what St. Nick brought!||Put away dishes|
|Friday||7-Dec||Hang mistletoe- get a kiss!||Give dad a kiss|
|Saturday||8-Dec||Christmas Frontier Dance||Dust the living room|
|Sunday||9-Dec||Make popcorn- watch Mr. Kruger's Christmas||Sing mom a song|
|Monday||10-Dec||Missionary Christmas cards||Put away games|
|Tuesday||11-Dec||Hot Apple Cider Tea Party||Give mom a massage|
|Wednesday||12-Dec||Scrabble Necklace||Clean the fridge, oven, etc.|
|Thursday||13-Dec||Paint Nails||Clean dads side of bed|
|Friday||14-Dec||Church Christmas party||Organize shoe rack|
|Saturday||15-Dec||Christmas Blanket Fort||Clean out car|
|Sunday||16-Dec||Sing Christmas Hymns||Give mom a kiss|
|Monday||17-Dec||Make paper snowflakes||Put away shoes|
|Tuesday||18-Dec||Make ornament||Wipe down toilets|
|Wednesday||19-Dec||Family Dance Party||Throw away old magazines|
|Thursday||20-Dec||Decorate cookies||Give Lucy a kiss|
|Friday||21-Dec||Play a game with dad||Empty trashes|
|Saturday||22-Dec||Have breakfast for dinner||Clean bathroom|
|Sunday||23-Dec||Make a fire and read a book||Give Lucy a massage|
|Monday||24-Dec||Open one present- Go on Christmas Light Tour||Wipe down door handles|
|Tuesday||25-Dec||Read the story about the birth of Jesus||Take out the trash|