For our advent calendar this year we gave the kids more opportunity to serve each other and their community. We desperately want their hearts to embrace the true meaning of this beautiful season.
They all take a turn opening an envelope which contain a small treat, a joke and an activity we can enjoy as a famiy.
Here are some of the activities included this year... we brainstormed ideas and Google helped us out with the rest!!
Read the Christmas story
Bake for the local firestation as a way of saying thank you for their amazing service
Make cookies and take them to our neighbours
Have a slumber party beside the Christmas tree as a family
Watch a Christmas movie
Have a dinner with each of the grandparents with the (kids making it and serving them)
Take a gift and put it under the tree at Kmart
Make and decorate gingerbread men to give away
Pick up a takeaway hot chocolate and drive around the Christmas lights
Go op-shopping for kids to buy Christmas presents for their siblings (thanks Dee!)
Do something lovely for a family member
Do something lovely for a non family member
Dress up for dinner
Have a fish and chip dinner at the beach
Make and give Christmas cards for teachers and Sunday School teachers
Write a love note for all your siblings to go in their stockings
Visit Birdwoods (our favourite old fashioned lolly shop)
Make popcorn and watch Home Alone
Make paper snowflakes
Take a walk through the Redwoods together
Have a midnight feast
Make a gift and send it to Tims employer
A mix of serving others and connecting as a family as we head into the crazy season!
(I have written down what we are doing each day in my diary as well so I am not taken by surprise or forget what's coming up. I also have only filled half the envelopes with activities so I can shuffle those last two weeks as necessary!)
Do you doing anything for Advent?
would love to hear your ideas