Countdown to Christmas

At the end of November, I pulled out the Advent Calendar that my husband (then boyfriend) bought for my birthday last year.  He had filled it with Hershey Kisses and mini chocolate bars.  There was a treat every day!

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

This year, I went a different route.  In each little door, I put a small slip of paper with an activity written on it.  We take turns opening a door each day (he’s evens, I’m odds).  It has been so much fun to celebrate Christmas with each other every single day!  I placed each slip of paper in with a general sense of time (i.e. make Christmas candy right before Christmas, do time-intensive activities on the weekend), but in all reality we have been opening each door and doing the activity on a day and time that suited us.  We actually have four activities “backlogged,” but I’m okay with that.

I should have written all of the activities down to begin with, but I didn’t, so here’s my best shot from memory, in no particular order.

1.  Burn off the Thanksgiving Five – go work out!

2.  Take a winter walk

3.  Drink hot coaco

4.  See the lights at the Botanical Gardens

5.  Pick a volunteer activity

6.  Buy a Christmas gift for each other – a Wii Nintendo game

7.  Donate to Goodwill

8.  Bake Christmas cookies

9.  Go to Church

10.  Watch Miracle on 34th Street

11.  Watch It’s A Wonderful Life

12.  Have a “formal dinner”

13.  Pick out a Christmas Tree

14.  Make Christmas cards and tags

15.  Make Christmas ornaments

16.  Make Christmas candy

17.  Donate money to a charity

18.  Drive around the city to see Christmas lights

19.  Ring bells for the Salvation Army

20-23.  I can’t remember what I put in the rest of the days… we’ll just have to wait and see!

24.  Open a Christmas gift early (on Christmas Eve)

25.  Give each other a kiss and celebrate our first Christmas as a family!

Ideas for next year:

  • Listen to Christmas music (maybe buy a Christmas CD?)
  • Hang stockings
  • Put out Christmas decorations
  • Drink eggnog
  • Write Christmas cards
  • Go shopping for Christmas gifts
  • Go to the winter farmer’s market
  • Read Christmas stories to each other
  • Hang up Christmas lights
  • Do a winter sport (sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing)
  • Get a Christmas wreath
  • Have a holiday party
  • Visit relatives

I’ve enjoyed this activity even more than I expected, and it’s a great way to spend quality time together during such a busy time of year.

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