Christmas is coming and I don’t know about you but our focus this year is on a simple, cosy family celebration. I’d like to encourage my girls to think about other aspects of the season, rather than just seeing Christmas as a time when they get lots of presents.
One way we do this is by having an alternative Advent calendar.
The basic idea is that each day in the run up to Christmas Day the girls get a festive task to carry out – which might include decorating the house, taking part in a family activity or doing something to benefit someone else.
We have a family advent calendar which we re-use every year which has little felt pockets. In each pocket I put a little chocolate for B & L and a slip of paper with their task written on.
I plan simple tasks for school days and bigger projects for the weekend. Last year we included making an angel for the top of our tree, baking stained glass cookies to share with our neighbours and making a winter feast for the birds in the garden.
You can see all our advent activities from last year if you’d like some more ideas.
By using this alternative advent calendar we had a wonderful Christmas celebration which didn’t cost a small fortune and encouraged the girls to think about other people.
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