|One of eight Nativities in our home this year|
Now that I am a mom I take Christmas even more seriously. It is an opportunity to teach my children about Jesus, charity, love, and the beliefs and acceptance of everyone. We have about half a dozen Hanukah books, a few books of how Christmas is celebrated around the world, and nearly 20 books on Christmas. Each year I have added more traditions to our Christmas celebration.
Week 1 - Hope
Week 2 - Peace
Week 3 - Joy (pink)
Week 4 - Love
Today is December 1st and its time for our official count down to Christmas.
December 1st - get our LEGO Advent Calendars
- make Snowflake cookies (talk about family traditions)
|Grandma Kerseg's Snowflake Cookies|
Because I have difficulty sticking to a set schedule we will be spending the next 25 days doing these activities (depending on how much time we have on a given day):
- Read Matthew 1-2 to your family.
- Christmas Cards for soldiers
- Make Christmas Cookies
- Get Christmas Tree
- Family Movie Night (4)
- St. Nicholas Day (Set out shoes and surprise someone with a gift/note)
- Bible Reading John 1
- Look at Christmas Lights
- Shop for stockings
- Toys for Tots
- Look at old Christmas Pictures
- Read Christmas book
- Make fudge
- Caroling with scouts
- Christmas Pageant at Preschool
- Write Letters to Santa
- Make Christmas ornaments
- Surprise Christmas (4)
- Breakfast for dinner
- Letter to Christ Child
- Dinner by candlelight on the longest night of the year Dec 21st
- Read Luke 1:26-38
|All of our activities are stored in this box.|
Other great ideas on how to keep Christ and family foremost in this holiday season are here.
- Bless your Christmas Tree
- Visit a barn and reflect on where Baby Jesus was born
- Light the Night - You’ll need electric candles or a string of white lights. Put lights in the front windows. A candle in a window was a symbol of Christianity, an outward sign of welcome to passersby that Christ resides in the house, as well as a welcome for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
To do activities:
I would really like to incorporate this tradition into our family, but I need to find a good do-it-yourself kit. The ones I have found are terribly expensive.
Unwrapping a book a day
This is a fun tradition where you wrap up all your Christmas books and place them under the tree. Each night a child chooses a book to be read together as a family. Its a nifty idea, but then it literally hides great books from the children for half the month. I have books on St. Nicholas Day that should really be read at the beginning of the month.
Get more Advent themed decorations:
I have trouble remembering the focus and readings for the Advent season. I would love a hanging decoration that can be reused that will remind me of the focus for each week.