Thursday, April 25, 2013

Advent Activities - Part 2

We started a new family tradition this year, as well, which actually combined some of our "normal" traditions prior to Christmas, in a new fashion.  This past Christmas, each morning, the children got to open a wrapped gift.  In the gift was a movie and a book.  During school time, we would read the book and complete a craft or activity that went with it, and then that evening we would watch the movie as a family.


1st: Read “The Snowy Day” and make paper snowflakes


2nd: Read “The Shepherd’s Christmas,” put new ornaments on the tree (this was the first Sunday of Advent) and star lacing

3rd: Read “The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree,” Make paper chains and Christmas light names



4th: Read “Katy and the Big Snow” and make popsicle stars and snowflakes

5th: Read “A Christmas Carol” and make chenille wreaths

6th: Read “Saint Nicholas – A Veggie Christmas Story” – Random Acts of Kindness
7th: Read “Alabaster’s Song” and work on an angel puzzle – Start baking the  gingerbread houses 
8th: Read “A Circle City Christmas” and go to the Riverbanks Zoo for the day and for the lights that night (pictures in different post)
9th: Read “Waldo, Tell Me About Christmas” and make wild bird treats – construct the houses 
10th: Read “The Nutcracker” and decorate gingerbread houses
11th: Read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and make tinsel trees
12th: Read “Frosty the Snowman” and make sock snowpeople
13th: Read “Lights of Winter” and make peace dove ornaments
14th: Read “Polar Express,” make snowglobes, and go out in our own “polar express” and look at local lights
16th: Read “Christmas with Boz” and have snowman pancakes

17th: Read “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” and make paper bag luminaries
18th: Read “The Littlest Christmas Elf” and have a pizza party – making the pizzas into the shape of a snowman, tree, and candy cane

20th: Read “Carl’s Christmas” and make dog treats and a felt collar
21st: Read “The Baker’s Dozen,” bake goodies and deliver some to the neighbors
22nd: Read “The Trees of the Dancing Goats" and make tissue paper silhouettes
23rd: Read “My Birthday, Jesus’ Birthday” and bake a birthday cake

24th: Read “The Christmas Story,” Christmas Eve appetizer dinner and we all get our Christmas Eve pajamas (pictures in different post)