Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Finns' Advent Calendar

Flashing back to the month of December over the next few blog posts...

For our Advent calendar, I decorated brown paper lunch bags with Christmas themed paper. In each bag I placed a card with our Advent reading of the day (We read a story in the Jesus Storybook Bible each day), and an activity/event that we were doing. I did not put up the entire 24 days of the calendar at one time--I would plan one week of December at a time, which is why the pictures show dates starting around day 8.

It was a joy to celebrate Advent with my children, to read the stories of the Old Testament and see how they point to the ultimate Story--the arrival of Christ, and to anticipate the celebration of his birth (and awaiting his second coming) with small activities or events each day. 

Here is a list of the Advent activities that we planned in 2012:
watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
make cookies/goodies for 'the boys' (students we had over to our house each week)
Polar Express van to see Christmas lights
breakfast at The Border to see the Christmas train
Magnolia Hill Christmas party (faculty/staff party)
make card for Miss Amy (our neighbor) and wrap her present
Christmas shopping for siblings at Target
wrap presents for siblings
Wake Forest Christmas parade
last Home Fellowship (small group) of the year
corporate worship--children's choir performs
the Clemons' family over
watch Veggie Tales St. Nicholas
worship with South Durham Church
library trip to check out Christmas books
playtime at the park
haircuts for everyone
play at Connor's house
craft project for grandparents (footprint mangers for Mimi & Papa, handprint tree for Grandma)
Christmas card for Miss BreAnna (N's secretary)
decorate a gingerbread house
crafts and fun with Becca (felt Christmas trees decorated with sequins)
eat gingerbread house
travel to state of Georgia
Christmas Eve service
Christmas DAY!

Date taken: December 8, 2012

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