a new advent tradition

It’s December 2nd, and it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here.  In the past I have purchased the chocolate filled calendars for the advent countdown for our girls, but this year, thanks to Pinterest I have a new advent for them.

2014 christmas advent for the girls

Each little gift bag is numbered for the day of the month.  Instead of candy there are activities and things to do together as a family.  Some include treats, it’s the holidays after all!

  • 30 minutes on your kindle
  • make snowflake garland to hang in the house
  • drink hot cocoa in our Christmas mugs
  • wear new Christmas jammies
  • make cinnamon decorations for the tree
  • watch Christmas TV special with special treats
  • decorate the trees in their rooms
  • unwrap a new Christmas book to read
  • make graham cracker houses decorate with candies
  • drive around and look at lights
  • visit Six Flags holiday decor & sleigh rides
  • bake and decorate cookies
  • visit with Santa Claus
  • game night with the family your choice
  • buy toys for “Toys for Tots” collected at local fire house
  • Caroling with Girl Scouts at a local assisted living home
  • watch Christmas movie with popcorn
  • write out Holiday cards to classmates
  • go to San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
  • go see Christmas tree in Union Square and decorate windows
  • help me with “you’ve been Elf’d” in our neighborhood
  • help us buy a real tree and decorate
  • visit Christmas Tree Lane
  • unwrap and read a Christmas book
  • attend church on Christmas Eve

I hope my girls enjoy this new advent as much as I am putting it together for them!