Last year started the new tradition of creating an advent calendar that was full of activities. I decided to do it again this year. I simply wrote the activity on the back of a card, tucked them in an envelope, and hung them up to be opened on each day as we count down to Christmas.
Here are the activities we planned this year (in no particular order):
1 – play a game as a family
2 – shop for a toy to donate
3 – tell each member of the family something you love about them
4 – enjoy a candlelight bath in the big tub
5 – have breakfast for dinner
6 – watch a holiday movie with popcorn
7 – make an ornament for the tree
8 – make paper snowflakes to decorate the windows
9 – listen to Christmas carols & enjoy hot cocoa
10 – attend an Advent program
11 – make up a family questionnaire & videotape everyone’s answers
12 – have a slumber party by the Christmas tree
13 – go to Brunch with Santa
14 – read a Christmas story together
15 – make some cards to send to special loved ones
16 – write a letter to Jesus/Santa
17 – share something that happened this year that makes you grateful
18 – have a date night with Mom or Dad and pick out a gift for your brother/sister
19 – bake & decorate Christmas cookies
20 – make sweet Chex mix
21 – take a car ride to look at the lights
22 – share something you’d like to try next year
23 – decorate “Christmas trees”
24 – pj’s, hot apple cider, & a Christmas movie
25 – CELEBRATE
Decorating the house, the tree, the cookies. Picking out and wrapping the gifts. Parties with friends. Family gatherings. Really, really good stuff. Lots and lots of really, really good stuff. Each year I wonder how I’m going to juggle it all before I realize that no matter what, I just can’t. I have listen to my nature – slow down and settle in and enjoy the important (and the everyday important) moments with my people.
I might pop in from time to time before mid-January when things slow down,but I’m ready to close the laptop for awhile. I’ll still be sharing snippets on Facebook, instagram, and very occasionally twitter, just no designated blog posts.
Happy Holidays friends!
For a Mister home safe from his travels.
For a little boy who snuggled up close last night after his bad dream.
For a pup that keeps my toes warm.
For re-runs of Friends and a big bag of knitting projects.
For a sweet girl who loaded up her backpack for her school’s food drive with her own snack favorites (canned peaches & pears).
For new notebooks.
For my dad – who is another year older.
For the knowledge that it’s fragile and heartbreaking but also breath-stealingly beautiful.
I am so grateful.
"The Tiny Now" was created as a reminder to love this moment and live with intention because someday, I want to look back and see a life well lived.
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