Christmas time is officially here! I couldn’t be more excited for my favorite holiday and all the wonderful activities that go with it. Last year, I posted our Advent calendar, and while it was a lot of fun, I changed it up a little this year. This is mostly due to my more realistic idea of our “free time” during the holiday season, but it’s also because some of the activities (ice skating, winter beer tasting, etc.) cannot be done while I’m pregnant and on moderate bed rest. No worries – there are still plenty of fun Christmas activities to do while taking it easy!
The actual calendar I created turned out so well! At least in my humble opinion. Every day for the first 25 days of December, we will open a bag from the Advent calendar. The bags are hung on tension rods I wrapped in glittery red and gold ribbon, and each bag contains instructions for the day, as well as a little gift / trinket / other goodie to help with the activity. For example, for our Starbucks date night, the bag contains a $5 gift card; for our Christmas Vacation “drinking game”, the bag contains the recipe for a yummy Christmas cocktail (virgin of course!); and for our family picture in front of the Christmas tree, the bag contains an ornament that we’ll hang on the tree.
It was quick and easy to make, and the total cost was under $10. The bags are just paper bags from a craft store, stamped in gold with a round design and in dark red with different numbers. Easy peasey!
Of course, the $10 cost doesn’t include the cost of the daily “goodies”, but I didn’t spend more than $25 on those. Use what you have – the more random the object, the funnier it will be.
Ok, enough talking about it. Here is our Advent Calendar for 2013:
Dec. 1 – Watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” in our Christmas PJ’s, while sipping hot chocolate
Dec. 2 – Take a family picture in front of the Christmas tree
Dec. 3 – Shop for our giving tree family
Dec. 4 – Pick out an ornament that describes our lives right now
Dec. 5 – Design and order Christmas cards
Dec. 6 – Order take out and play Wii Winter Olympics
Dec. 7 – Cookie exchange with girlfriends (Whitney only)
Dec. 8 – Drive around and look at Christmas lights in our area
Dec. 9 – Make lattes (decaf for me!) and watch a Friends holiday episode (“I’m the Holiday Armadillo!”)
Dec. 10 – Send a Christmas card to a soldier overseas (here is the information if you’re interested)
Dec. 11 – Play Christmas Vacation drinking game – with “mocktails”
Dec. 12 – Address and mail Christmas cards
Dec. 13 – Girls night with my Heidelberg girls 🙂
Dec. 14 – Double date for Trans Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 15 – Brunch with my godmother and goddaughter
Dec. 16 – Each pick out our favorite Christmas book for our son to enjoy someday
Dec. 17 – Warm up with our favorite Starbucks drink: salted caramel hot chocolate
Dec. 18 – Movie night out! A holiday movie is recommended, but not required
Dec. 19 – Happy hour with work friends
Dec. 20 – Wrapping party! Get all remaining gifts wrapped and under the tree
Dec. 21 – Annual Love Actually screening / Girls night with Katie and D
Dec. 22 – “Snowman pizza” night
Dec. 23 – Relax with the dogs. That’s it.
Dec. 24 – Make paw print ornaments for each dog before heading to my parents’ house
Dec. 25 – Before Ryan leaves for work, eat breakfast together on Christmas Day and open our presnt to each other.
Hope you all enjoy every second of the holiday season!