I’ve sort of made a tradition of sharing my list of Advent activities each year to help inspire you to make your own. I’m a bit late this year, but you know what? As busy moms, sometimes things just don’t happen on a perfect time schedule. That doesn’t mean, though, that we can’t find time to make memories with our children and teach them about the important things in life while we’re doing it. The season of Advent is the perfect time to slow down a bit and do just that!
On to this year’s list:
1. Decorate the Christmas Tree
2. Make Handmade Cards for Grandparents
3. Check Out Christmas Books from the Library
4. Make Ornaments
5. Visit the Zoo
6. Attend the City Christmas Tree Lighting
7. Act in a Christmas Play
8. Visit a Craft Show
9. Shop for the Local Food Pantry
10. Enjoy a Family Game Night
11. Shop for Toys for Children in Need
12. Bake Cookies Together
13. Walk Through a Living Nativity
14. Watch a Christmas Parade
15. Host a Cookie Exchange
16. Shop for Sibling Christmas Gifts
17. Drive around Town to See the Christmas Lights
18. Ring the Salvation Army Bell
19. Have Ice Cream in PJs at a Local Ice Cream Parlor
20. Visit Family Out of Town for the Weekend
21. Eat Out for Dinner
22. Go Caroling
23. Watch Christmas Movies Late into the Night
24. Bake a Birthday Cake for Jesus and Sleep in New Christmas Pajamas
We’re very flexible with our list. Other opportunities will likely pop up during the month and plans will change. I keep this list handy in case I need to switch out activities before the kids pull them from their pockets each day.
I would love to hear what your favorite activities for Advent are! And, I’m on the hunt for a great Christmas ornament project, too. Do you have any suggestions?
I am over at Skip to my Lou today with a tutorial for a Kitchen Gift Set for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along.I think you are going to love this gift set! It is perfect for any of your holiday hostesses. The set includes these sweet fold-over, oven-mitt pot holders . . . . . . and this pair of pretty, but practical dish towels.It’s a little early Christmas gift from me to you! But, wait! That isn’t all! I also get to treat you to a SEW Amazing Giveaway as part of our crafty series.
Yes! Christmas is coming, and if you’re like me and LOVE giving handmade gifts, don’t put off getting started. In case you happen to need some inspiration, there are two different handmade holiday series that I’ll be watching this month, and they both start today! Oh, and both have great giveaways in addition to the wonderful crafting ideas!
First up is the Holiday Bake, Craft & Sew Along at Skip to My Lou, According to Kelly and A Southern Fairytale. Cindy, Kelly & Rachel have gathered some of my favorite bloggers to share ideas for things you can sew, craft and bake for decorating, giving and eating. I’ll be popping in to share a sewing project at Skip to My Lou on the 21st!Second, I couldn’t possibly make it through November without checking out the amazing compilations of tutorials, recipes and printables at Sew Mama Sew! Each day has a different gift theme and curator, so you’re sure to find something perfect for everyone on your list.
What are you waiting for? You only have 54 days! (Oh, really, who am I kidding? You all know that I’ll be up until the wee hours of the morning every night before Christmas finishing up something. A little confession? I actually enjoy those quiet late nights at my sewing machine . . . . shhhhhh! Now is definitely the time to start planning, though!)
I’ve established this really fun annual tradition of sewing new bags for my three nieces each Christmas. I think I’ve shared before that I’ve heard that one of the things they enjoy most about using them is being able to tell their friends that they’re bags are “one of a kind”. This year, I decided to sew something a little extra special into all three bags.While I was at my mom’s for my step-dad’s memorial service back in October, I asked if I could take home some of the chambray shirts that he wore almost everyday. I had plans to incorporate patches from them into a quilted throw, and I probably still will at some point. My nieces shared a very close bond with their Papa, though, and I knew they would love having a little something of his to carry with them everyday. With that thought in mind, I worked scraps from Papa’s shirts into each of the girls’ bags. I used the pattern that I created for Samantha’s “No Bully Zone” bag with a few minor updates including a little cell phone pocket on the front. The girls loved the easy, fun style of the bag, and the incorporation of Papa’s shirts meant so much to them! I hope they enjoy them all year long!
Yep. This post is a few days late. I finished up Christmas PJs for my two youngest early on Monday morning using the Lazy Days Lounge Set pattern. I had grand plans for adorable Christmas Eve PJ pictures, but this little guy came down with a fever and didn’t want to move from this comfy chair:And, this little guy had a long, hard day that knocked him out on the couch:They were really cute in real life! I tried to snap some action shots on Christmas Day, but there was just too much fun to be had to slow down for photos. I did get this cute picture of the two of them with their new stuffies, and then they were off again!Thanks so much for following along with my 12 Days (That Took 16 Days) of Handmade Christmas Projects! I hope that you all had beautiful Christmas celebrations packed full of joy and plenty of handmade goodness shared with your loved ones!