Monday, December 05, 2011

Advent 2011

We have started the advent season here in our home. I used to have a string of paper cones that held each advent activity but we just don't have the wall space now so I made a new way to display our advent calendar. I made 25 little drawstring bags. While we were at Gigi's I cut some small limbs from one of his trees and took a bag of limestone rocks. This is what our advent "tree" calendar looks like when you put all of those things together.
Advent Tree
The little bags were pretty simple to make. I added a little tag with each day's number on it. Inside each bag is a small piece of paper with our advent activity for the day written on it.
Advent Tree
I love how it turned out. It is also a great Christmas centerpiece for our table and can be moved as needed. Peanut has had fun coming down every morning and looking for the new day's bag.

So far this is what we have done each day.
Dec. 1 We decorated our Christmas tree. The girls had so much fun hanging the non-fragile ornaments and hearing about the ornaments that they have gotten for each year. This year's ornament is a IU basketball to represent the big part that the university has played in their lives.

Dec. 2 We watched The Polar Express for the first time of the Christmas season with some friends. Pumpkin was awe struck with the movie this year. Peanut remembered it from last year and was able to remember what was going to happen. They loved watching it!

Dec. 3 We made Christmas handprint trees together. They thought it was so fun that they got to have paint on their hands. The trees turned out so cute and will be a fun keepsake to get out every year.
Handprint TreesHandprint Trees

Handprint Trees

Dec. 4 This was a busy day for us. It began with Peanut's first choir performance at church. She did a great job! We were so, so, so proud of her. She can't wait to do it again next year.
Children's ChoirChildren's Choir

Children's Choir

Our actual advent activity was going to a local church's live nativity called Moments in the Master's Life. It was really cool. Volunteers (who had to be out all night in the rain) from the church depicted scenes from the life of Christ starting with Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and ending with Christ's death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven. Pumpkin slept through the whole thing as it was something we drove through. Peanut on the otherhand LOVED it, so much that we had to go through it twice. Her favorite part was seeing Mary and Joseph with the baby in the stable. She was so sure it was a real baby, but it was not. ;) The real donkey, sheep, and camels were pretty awesome too.
Live Nativity

We have many more fun things planned for December!

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