Thursday, December 22, 2011


Two years ago, my mom brought over an advent calendar for each child, complete with a piece of candy tucked into a little pocket for the kids to enjoy each day. After one December of children waking up painfully early just for that little piece of candy, we learned to change things up a bit. This year, each day contained a slip of paper with an activity written on it. Some things were fun Christmas traditions (cutting down a tree, seeing a living nativity, going on a horsedrawn carriage ride, visiting Santa, etc.). Some were acts of kindness for others (caroling at an assisted living center, donating toys to the less-fortunate and randomly placing dollar bills around the dollar store). Others still had to do with food or candy but were much more fun that just popping a piece of candy into your mouth (decorating gingerbread houses, going to Biggby for hot chocolate, taking cookies to neighbors). We have had a fabulous, fun-filled and really busy month!

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