During the 2014 holiday season, I introduced a twist on the traditional Advent.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about the traditions we celebrate around the holidays. What are those traditions teaching our children about life? How are they affecting society in the long run? One thing I’m certain of: I want to be actively involved in creating a life of generosity in my children. I want their first reaction to the holiday season to be to give, to love others and esteem people above possessions, and to cultivate quality time and lasting memories together.
This holiday season I introduced a twist on the traditional Advent. My daughter Anthem and I scoured Pinterest for creative ideas and random acts of kindness. Here’s how to make your own Advent Jar in 5 easy steps.
Step 1 – Buy large popsicle sticks ($2.00).
Step 2 – Write creative, fun family activities on them.
Step 3 – Decorate the jar.
Step 4 – Starting Dec 1st, pick one stick from the jar daily and do the activity written there, together.
Step 5 – Have fun making memories!
Tip: I found that if we drew the stick each morning it gave the kids time to get excited about doing the activity in the evening. It also gave momma time to make sure everything we needed was on hand!
Many have asked for my list of fun family activities, so here you go!
- Make paper snowflakes
- Build a fire
- Decorate the house
- Play games
- Drive to see Christmas lights
- Call a friend
- Tell stories & jokes
- Read a book
- Make crafts
- Donate food
- Watch a movie
- Give coffee & treats to the mailman/garbageman
- Dress up for dinner
- Sing songs & play instruments
- Write a letter / holiday cards
- Take fun pictures
- Wrap presents for the Angel Tree or Operation Christmas Child
- Camp out in living room
- Donate toys
- Read Scripture
- Bake goodies
- Plant a tree or flowers
- Sip hot cocoa
- Bless a neighbor or friend
- Write a song