When Aria was 3, I stumbled upon the idea of an activity advent calendar. I fell in love with the idea immediately and I quickly whipped up my very first activity advent calendar the night before December 1, 2011. I discovered how hard it can be to come up with 24 activities that are the right fit for your family. But I enjoyed the challenge and I still do.
Here are a few highlights from 2011, the first year we did an activity advent calendar. Left: Aria and I collected twigs to make this little indoor forest; it was Aria's idea to add little scraps of fabric as leaves. Top Right: Snow globes, Aria-style with awesome monsters. Bottom Right: Baking with Daddy.
Every year I say I'm going to make a beautiful advent calendar that I can reuse and every year, I never get around to it. But now I don't know if I want a fancy advent calendar. There's something really special about the simpleness of the paper and twine ones I put together the night before December 1st. Its become a special tradition in its own right.
|scrappy paper and twine advent calendar.|
|Day 1: make a Christmas wish list. |
Translation: 1. pictures of my family, 2. bow and arrows, 3. wood easel, 4. plastic dragon, 5. necklace.
|Day 2: Make soaps.|
|Day 5: Make Snowflakes.|