and the countdown begins

today is december first! wooohooo!

first day of december rocks for a few reasons:

it’s day 1 of december daily and i’m giddy about it.
there are 15 days until my birthday.
we get to start counting down the days until christmas!!!!!

i made this advent calendar 3 years ago. it’s still holding up but i need to add some new activities to it. gibson snubbed it when i brought it out but then later on he asked me if we were going to fill in some more activities…and he asked with a smile. yeah…he’s down with the countdown.


other than the normal things we put in the calendar, here are some other things i’d like to be able to pick from.

Make a craft.
Have a family Christmas movie night with treats.
Choose a special treat.
Have lunch at a special restaurant with our family.
Decorate cookies.
Read the story about the birth of Jesus.
Go see the lighting ceremony at your church or city.
Go ice skating.
Go to the tree farm.
Visit Santa.
Have a birthday party for Jesus.  Your gifts are promises of service.
Drive around town and see the decorated homes.
Read the nativity story and set up your own nativity.
Deliver Christmas treats to friends and family.
Open one gift on Christmas Eve – we do new pajamas and one toy for the boys.
Color a Christmas picture
Build a snowman or hang up paper snowflakes.
Do something nice for someone.
Call grandma and grandpa and sing a Christmas song.
Take toys to goodwill or church.
Tell a friend at school you think they’re really cool.
Take a special treat to a neighbor.
Pick a name from the giving tree. Find a gift for that person.
Make a small stocking. Drop it off on someone’s door as a surprise.
Make a card for a loved one and send it in the mail.
Recycle some toys to share with others.
Read a Christmas book to your brother.
Light a candle and say a prayer for a loved one far away.
Take food to a local food pantry.
Take a trip to get the Christmas Tree.
Write a list of 10 things you are thankful for this year.

do you have an advent calendar? let me know how you countdown to christmas!

Linking up at the usual places!

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boerman ramblings
today’s creative blog
skip to my lou
thirty handmade days
spunky junky
sew chatty
i heart nap time
sumo’s sweet stuff
all things related
sew much ado
serenity now
my girlish whims 
vintage wanna bee
craft-o-maniac
the 36th avenue 

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5 thoughts on “and the countdown begins

  1. dawn says:

    Happy December 1st, yiippee it’s finally here. I love your advent it’s so pretty and fun. We are doing something like that and will share it soon. I’m home with a sick Sam today and tomorrow. He’s got strep throat and is not happy about it. This is going to be a great month and I’m excited for it to start. Enjoy your day!!

  2. kristy.lynn@kristy.makes says:

    this is totally cute! i am totally in love with your handwriting. btw. i love your list.. i’m kicking myself for not figuring out what i wanted to do with an advent calendar this year.. especially now! can’t wait to see how you document your december! 🙂

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