In the past, we filled our advent calendar with sweet treats for the kids. The more kids we have, the harder it is to fit enough candy/treats in those little doors. This year, we have decided to skip the candy. I hate giving it to the kids, it doesn't fit in the doors and it suggests a complete lack of imagination. Instead of candy, we have put a card behind each number with an activity that we can do as a family. I love this idea for so many reasons. It ensures that we get much needed time together every day and it organizes our Christmas schedule.
This is what we've had so far:
December 1-attend a World AIDS day memorial service
my husband is the president of a local AIDS task force. This is an annual thing, but it was my first time attending.
December 2-Family movie night with treats.
We watched The Santa Clause 2 (or we at least attempted to) and snacked on popcorn and ice cream.
December 3-Make a reindeer craft
December 4-Read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with Dad
I was gone most of the day, so they had some special dad time.
December 5-Read 2 chapters in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Who doesn't love to hear about the shenanigans of those Herdmans?
What's in your advent calendar?