Being Brickner : Our Advent Calendar

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Our Advent Calendar

Hello, December!!  I am more excited than ever for the holidays this year, not only because it's our first as a family of four, but also because Waverly just seems to "get it" more than ever.  She is definitely at that stage where she wants to know everything about every little thing, always asking questions & just so curious in general.  My husband starting reading her Christmas books at night about a week ago (since he is the current designated storyteller, while I feed Avalon), and that, paired with the holiday decor around the house has her all sorts of excited.

We did an advent calendar last year for the first time, basically different activities planned out for each day during the month of December (you can see that post here).  Waverly loved it, especially the activities that involved sweets!, & I loved it because it kept us on some sort of a schedule and helped pack in all the fun festiveness we wanted to do.  I set up our garland this past weekend and am in the process of putting the slips in with each activity, some of the things we already had planned & others are just random.  I tried to look at our calendar to make shorter activities on days I was working, #(part-time)workingmomlife.  I am going into this with low expectations that we will actually do everything, since life is a little more chaotic these days. but here is what we are planning to get into over the next few weeks! :)

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1 - Play with felt Christmas tree.
2 - North pole breakfast with our elf.
3 - Color holiday pictures (with Christmas tape & stickers!).
4 - Put ornaments on our tree.
5 - Watch Alabama play, maybe not holiday related, but ROLL TIDE!
6 -  Christmas party with friends Ella & Kayo.
7 - Drink hot chocolate (and chocolate milk!).
8 - Go shopping for a toy to donate to others.
9 - Make chocolate-covered pretzels with holiday sprinkles.
10 - Make an ornament with Avalon's little toes.
11 - Pick up dinner & drive around to look at holiday lights in our jams.
12 - Go ice skating!
13 - Make gingerbread houses with cousins.
14 - Watch a holiday movie.
15 - Go pick out a new Christmas book for our collection.
16 - Make homemade red and green playdough.
17 - Christmastown!!!
18 - Take treats to friends at dance class.
19 - Stay the night with Glamma & Papa G, while mommy and daddy go shopping for gifts.
20 - Bake Christmas cookies.
21 - Go pick out a present for teachers and friends in class.
22 - Christmas party at school.
23 - Annual shopping trip with Glamma & Aunt Lex for last-minute gifts.
24 - Christmas Eve!  Open one gift today.

Not listed, Waverly's first "coffee" in a red cup over the weekend, and Avalon Elle just happy to be along for the ride in the solly.  So excited for the most wonderful time of the year with these two girlies!!

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What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?!  Hope you are having a great week so far!
XO

18 comments:

  1. Love this! We are huge advent/Christmas Countdown people! We are doing the 25 days of Christmas books, have an activity planned for each day, a small treat in the advent calendar, and even the Lego advent. I have a feeling we may lose steam come December 10th ;)

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  2. What a fun and festive Advent calendar. I loved using our calendars when I was growing up, it was a great way to get excited for the big day and remember the reason for the season.

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  3. What a fun take on the advent calendar! I used to love them as a kid...I always had the sticker ones that would make a picture at the end. This is an adorable way to add some holiday decor, and also have that advent fun :)

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  4. OK, that Advent Calendar is ADORABLE! I've been on the hunt for a cute one to buy or make and I may need to copy you! And I love all of your activities! Such a great way to make sure you get all the fun things packed in this busy season! :)

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  5. Love, love love this!! I wanted to do an advent this year, but dropped the ball. I was so focused on planning out our Elf shenanigans. I love the activities you have planned and can't wait to follow along in your festivities. And those pictures are adorable. You gals are the sweetest and the cutest.

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  6. Great list! We have some of these activities down, too! Cash loves his hot cocoa in a red cup!

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  7. Advent calendars are my favorite. Yours is adorable. I have a very similar to do list with my little Alexander!

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  8. Avalon....what a cutie she is becoming!!! LOVE your list of activities! We put ours up, too, and I am so excited for Cam to be so excited to do everything. :) This is the best age for holidays!

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  9. I absolutely love it. Such fun activities!
    The pictures are great, too! XOXO

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  10. It will be such fun now that Waverly gets it a little more. This is the most darling idea for an advent calendar. Not only is is cute but I love all the ideas for each day too!

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  11. That advent garland is about the cutest thing I've ever seen!
    Your list is such a great one! We may have to borrow a few of these in our own countdown to Christmas.

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  12. Your advent calendar activities sound like so much fun! I want to participate too! hahaha

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  13. These all sound like so much fun!! Peyton is a red cup coffee lover, too ;)

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  14. Love your Advent calendar; it's so cute and I love the activities you have planned! You are a brave mama for planning all of those things out. I feel like it's so much tricker to get things done with a little nugget in tow, though I wouldn't trade it for anything! And also, Avalon is too sweet! :)

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  15. I love this calendar idea!! So cute and colorful! We're doing a very similar list and I'm crossing my fingers that we can pull off at least half of what's on there. Some days are more ambitious than others and I'm just glad that my kids can't read yet, so if I have to repeat "Color a Christmas picture" six times, they won't ever know! :)

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  16. Sounds like you guys are going to be having a lot of fun this month! I want to do a Christmas craft (or two) with Mason this month but being a working mom, i find it hard to fit in to the schedule! I have to work this weekend but I'm determined to make it happen... even if it is December 24th :)

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