letters to Santa, pick a charity to raise money for doing chores around the house, our toys for tots donation to the police station, build gingerbread house, night out to look for holiday lights, our annual tradition to see the trains at the liquor store, movie night, special dinner at a friends house, a trip to the movies, breakfast out, holiday crafts, skype and sing holiday carols, Hanukkah night, make dog biscuits for our furry friends, making cookie day with friends, eat dessert first, picnic under the tree, make edible tree decorations for our Night Tree (story by Eve Bunting), write a love letter to someone special, make holiday gift tags, adventure to the science museum, Christmas Eve party
Holiday Story CountdownBJ Mama and plan to do it again. It was so nice to cozy up each night, unwrap a book and read it as a family. We kept our 24 wrapped books (which were numbered and usually corresponded with the Advent experience for that day) in a basket by the tree. I know many are scared of this tradition because of the number of Holiday Books needed. As a former teacher (and book collector) I have more than 24 so this was easy to do but you could easily check out a bunch from the library :)
Park and Molly our Elf Magic elves will make their debut around the 10th or 12th of December. They were only here for about 2 weeks last year and this worked out well. They too worked with our Advent Calendar of Experiences and usually brought treats for the things we needed (candy for the gingerbread houses, a new Christmas movie for movie night, the ingredients for the dog biscuits etc.). Their shorter visit also made it easier for me in terms of planning their mischief and Z's anticipation for when they might arrive was pretty big :) He also asked in his letter to Santa if Santa could spare them for the season.
What are you planning for this Holiday Season???