I'm thinking somewhere around this time (2 years ago) I started making miniature felt stockings to use as an advent calendar/garland. And to give myself credit, the stockings have been made for about that long. But they required numbers embroidered on them before they could really be used (why oh why do we do this to ourselves?) It is now my goal to have these ready to go for the 1st of December! I made a list of activities to put in them, and I will add some sort of little presents to fill out the rest of the days. Just in case anyway else out there is procrastinating I thought I would share what I came up with so far. Most of them are pretty obvious, but sometimes it helps to have a starting place. (Hopefully next week I will have pictures to share!)
Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
Have hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.
Wrap a Christmas gift for someone special.
Give to someone we don't know.
Make Christmas cookies.
Make a Christmas gift for someone special.
Make a Christmas CD and sing to it all day.
Watch a Christmas movie as a family.
Read 5 Christmas books as a family.
Make garland for the Christmas tree.
Eat supper with only the lights from the Christmas tree on.
Decorate your bedroom for Christmas.
Write a list of the things you are thankful for this Christmas.
Make Christmas cards and mail them.
Play a game as a family.
Invite friends over for supper.
Read the Christmas story as a family.
And please, don't wait until you have the most beautiful advent calendar to start the tradition like I did. Grab some paper bags and a sharpie and do it already. I'm pretty sure the memories will last longer than the embroidered stockings.