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2013 Christmas Advent List

Last night our family began our annual Christmas Advent countdown. This is our 3rd year doing advent activities; we started when our oldest Speedy was 3 yrs old with just simple crafts, Christmas books, and movies. This year we added a lot more things to our list including the idea of giving to others. Within this list are things that I hope to make a part of our family traditions (marked with a *). My goal is to expose my sons to not only the joys of the holiday but to the true meaning of Christ and giving in the holiday season. As you can clearly see, my list is longer than 25 items; that’s because some of these things will be done together. For example, on Dec. 24th we will track Santa on NORAD and write a happy birthday letter to Jesus.

Well, in no specific order, here it is…… 

Our Family Christmas Advent List

Make Christmas cookies
*Give a Toys for Tots or Angel Tree gift
Donate books to kids in need
Go snow tubing
Visit Ticonderoga Farm and pick tree
*Make our own Christmas story
Play family board games
Make hot chocolate and Christmas trail mix then go look at Christmas lights
*Make a holiday video
*Read Luke Chap. 2 (the story of Christ’s birth)
Sleep under the Christmas tree
Make breakfast as a family
Visit Christmas carnival @ Bull Run Park (in Polar Express Style)
Make jello in Christmas molds
*Track Santa on NORAD
Make Christmas cupcakes
Read 5 Christmas stories
Make Christmas crafts as a family
Have a family Christmas carol night
*Make a star ornament and read Matt. 2:1-12
*Write a happy birthday letter to JESUS
*Write a letter to deployed soldiers
Make and send Christmas cards
 Watch 3 Christmas movies
Make snow angels and a snowman
Visit the National Christmas tree in DC
*Take crazy family Christmas photos


I'm so excited to do all of these activities and bring the season into our home. I hope this gives you some good ideas to do with your family.

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  1. I love your list! We're having to do "no cost" Advent celebration this year, due to finances, and I got several great ideas to add to our list from this. Have a wonderful Advent season!


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