Day 21: Make Christmas cards for the Perry kids, and take them to their house tonight!
So, the kiddos made some cards to tell their friends how much they love them. And then they forgot them at home. So they didn’t actually receive the cards until Day 24 or so.
Day 22: Drive around and admire others’ Christmas lights!
God gave us some fresh snow for the viewing.
All jammied and snuggled up, we headed out.
We drove around some neighborhoods in our immediate area. We looked for white lights, colored lights, nativities, blow-up decorations, etc.
And by the time we got home, this is what we saw…
Day 23: Make snowman pizzas!
First, I whipped up a batch of my favorite homemade pizza dough and divided it into eight pieces. Then we each shaped our dough.
And we decorated the dough.
After baking, we had some very tasty snowmen.
Day 24: Unwrap and play a new game!
Caleb wrenched his neck this day, and was unable to get himself off the couch for quite a while. So the other kiddos allowed him to unwrap the game.
It was Monopoly Millionaire. We opened it up, and started to play. It’s a little bit different than the classic Monopoly.
We actually ran out of time before the kids’ bedtime, so we didn’t complete the game. I’m torn on my opinion of the game. It was a little fun…but doesn’t really reflect our financial philosophy. It is definitely NOT our aim to become millionaires…or, if we ever did become millionaires, we wouldn’t be lavishing cars, jewelry, and property on ourselves and our friends. We’d have to figure out how to use the money to further the kingdom of God and to bring Him glory…
Anyway, the kids liked the game pretty well.
Day 25: Make a birthday cake for Jesus!
This has been a tradition in our home for the last few years at least. It helps bring our focus to the real reason for our celebration.
This year, however, we had a little snafoo and weren’t able to complete this one until the 29th. Jaden hurt his arm when he fell from the top of the girls’ bunk bed ladder, and Luke took him to the ER. The rest of us were busy packing up for our trip to Grandma and Papa’s house. So, the cake was neglected until our Rumley Christmas day. But I used a new recipe, and it was still quite tasty when we got around to making it.
Christ has come!
We had SO MUCH FUN with all our Adventivities this year. It was excellent to devote the whole month of December to celebrating the coming of the Christ child. I’ve already thought of a couple of new activities for next year!
As an aside, I really hope that the pictures and descriptions of our activities this month weren’t discouraging to you. I know that up until this year, it would have been quite overwhelming to me to think of doing a special activity every day for 25 days. So if your stage of life prohibits you from doing even ONE advent activity, don’t feel bad! As long as you’re telling your kiddos about Jesus’ coming, His death, and His resurrection…you’re doing great!