Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Advents

Today is the day we get to start our Advent Calendars.
I stayed up late last night, finishing mine.
I wish I could claim to have made it, but that isn't the case. I stayed up so late coming up with activities to do with the kids to count down the days to Christmas.

We have three countdown calendars. 

One is a tree where we move the beads over each day.
One is full of chocolate behind doors.
And one is a cheap-o Target with pockets and a moving gift that goes in each pocket. That is the one that gets the activities put inside of it.
So we wake up in the morning, and do our morning chores. Make the beds, get dressed, and put our clothes away. Then comes breakfast.

When breakfast is cleared up we begin with the Calendars. Keith gets to move the present over, find the activity, and at some point during the day, we will do that activity. If he is good during the day, then before bed he gets to have the chocolate. Otherwise, Faye gets it.

Since we don't do santa Clause here, I figure that is a good way to help him be motivated to be good. Because heaven knows he needs that motivation right now.

I scoured the internet, and racked my brain to come up with these activities. They are included below in no particular order (I cut them out and placed them randomly in the pockets) for your convienience. I hope they help! And Happy December 1st!

Make ornaments out of light bulbs.
Make ginger bread men
Make paper snowflakes
Learn a Christmas song
Make snowball soap
Eat Snow Ice Cream
Christmas lights tour of neighborhood/give a prize to the best
Make outdoor ornaments
Collect pine cones
Make snowman kits
See lights at Temple Square (with Heidi)
Make Cookies
Christmas Story Fort
Charlie Brown Christmas Special
Christmas song/band
Go Caroling
Nativity Pictures/play
Make popcorn balls
Make a snowman
Play a holiday game (Find one)
Make homemade cocoa and marshmallows
Make family gifts
wrap gifts
Jerusalem Supper

And here are the scriptures we read each night before bed to count down to Christmas:
Scripture Christmas Advent Calendar

December 1 -- Moses 6:51–52, 57 -- “Angels We Have Heard on High”
December 2 - Moses 1:6, 33, 39, Deuteronomy 18:15 - “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful
December 3 - 2 Sam. 7:12–14, Psalm 89:3–4, 28–29, 36–37 -“Once In David’s Royal City”
December 4 - Psalm 24:9–10 - “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
December 5 - Isaiah 7:14 , Matthew 1:23b - “The First Noel”
December 6 - Isaiah 9:6–7a - “Joy to the World”
December 7 -Isaiah 11:1–4a -“It Came upon a Midnight Clear”
December 8 - Isaiah 40:1–5 - “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing”
December 9 - Micah 5:2 - “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
December 10 - Jeremiah 23:5–6 -“Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains” A Christmas Prayer
December 11 - 1 Nephi 10:4–5 “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
December 12 - 1 Nephi 11:13–21a - “What Child Is This?”
December 13 - 2 Nephi 25:19, 26 -“O Holy Night”
December 14 - Jacob 4:4–5a - “Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella”
December 15 - Jacob 7:11–12 “Joy to the World”
December 16 -Malachi 3:1 - “I Heard the Bells
December 17 - Mosiah 3:5–8 -“O, Come, All Ye Faithful”
December 18 -Alma 7:9–10 – “Oh, Hush Thee, My Baby
December 19 - Helaman 14:2–8 -“Stars Were Gleaming”
December 20 - Luke 1:26–38 -“Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”
December 21 - Matthew 1:18–25 - “With Wondering Awe”
December 22 - Luke 1:39–56 - “Away in a Manger”
December 23 - 3 Nephi 1:13–14 “Once within a Lowly Stable”
December 24 - Luke 2:1–7, Matthew 1:25b, Luke 2:8–16 -“Silent Night”
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