I planned on doing a post about Advent this week but never got around to it. We've been having a lot of fun. Our oldest is 5-years-old, and she is VERY excited about Christmas. We set up our Christmas houses, nativity set, Advent calendar, and Santa countdown so far.
Our Advent calendar is pretty cool for the kiddos. Each day, the kids open a door to reveal a piece to a magnetic nativity scene.
The kids love it, and I think it's sweet that Griffin's godmother is the one who bought the calendar for the kids.
I cannot take credit for this next idea at all, but boy, oh boy, is it a great one for the littles. Maura attends Kindergarten at our parish Catholic school, and I was thrilled when she came home last week with a homemade Advent calendar. Yowza. Here's a picture.
Each day reveals an age appropriate service task to complete, and Maura is just as excited about learning what she needs to do each day as she is about discovering a new piece to the magnetic nativity and finding Bam Bam, our family's Elf on the Shelf.
Then, this week I read a guest post by Leanne of Life Happens When on A Knotted Life. Leanne did a very similar craft (a paper link chain) with each link marked with an act of service with her 4-year-old son. Leanne even generously lists a month's worth of age appropriate service ideas. I'm bookmarking her post for next year.
We are an Elf on the Shelf family, and both Maura and Griffin having been having a lot of fun finding our elf each morning. Maura & Bam Bam (our elf) have even been exchanging notes, which Maura loves.
|Why, yes, Bam Bam is straddling our dusty chandelier. I've been busy, okay? And we're running out of hiding spots.|
We haven't bought our tree yet. Nor have we put up our lights. But our neighbors across the street did.
I suppose it could be worse. We could live across the street from this guy.
Even Our Lady has been admiring the lights of part of a Christmas village in our daughter's room.
You should check out Cari's post about this too.
Now, go read everyone else's Quick Takes. Have a great weekend everyone!