Friday, December 2, 2011

Our Advent Bowl

In the mail a few weeks ago came this beautiful trifle bowl.  It makes the regular 'ole desserts look beautiful, and when it isn't busy fulfilling it's dessert duties, I am repurposing it!

It held a beautiful little pumpkin during Thanksgiving, but now, it holds something better.  At least that's what my kids think!  It's our "advent bowl".

For a few years I have been wanting to do something to count down the days until Christmas.  This year I found a perfect idea for us.  I made teeny cardboard boxes, put the "prize" inside {which is generally a piece of paper telling about the activity they get to do} and wrapped them up!
Yesterday, being the first day of December... was the first day!
  Can't you just feel the excitement!?
They unwrapped a baby Jesus and a manger.  Grandma sent a Nativity set for the kids to play with, and I have been saving it for a couple of months for this day.  They love it!
Allie loves telling the story.  Mary and baby Jesus are the favorite pieces!
Judah just thinks it's the best thing in the world.  Especially the camel and the palm tree!
I have different activities written down for each day.  I'll tell them to you as long as you don't tell my kids, they are just dying to know.  They want to unwrap them all TODAY!

Some of these will be repeats just in case your wondering why I don't have 25 things on here.  

1. Nativity set
2. Make hot (or cold) chocolate with whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles.
3. A special candy from America.
4. Make paper snowflakes with mommy.
5. Color a Christmas picture.
6. Do a random act of kindness.
7. Sing Christmas carols together.
8. Write Christmas cards to other missionaries.
9. Make a gingerbread house.
10. Skype grandparents.
11. Write Christmas cards to family.
12. Make special homemade ornaments.
13. Read a new Christmas story.
14. Have a picnic by the Christmas tree.
15. Decorate Christmas cookies.
16. Eat a candy cane.
17. Go out for ice cream.
18. Draw Christmas trees on our outside walls with sidewalk chalk.
19. Have a game night.
20. Make a special Christmas craft (or homemade play dough).
21. Watch a Christmas video.
22. Open one present early.

Well, Christmas is on it's way!  The kids are ready.  This advent thing works pretty well.  For now, they have forgotten about the presents they'll get on Christmas, and they're just excited about finding out what they get to do each day.  I think it will help pass the time!


  1. what a wonderful idea! the activities look fun too - your kids are going to love it. :) you are such a wonderful mom. ;)

    the Little People Nativity set is the best - they will love playing with it. :)

  2. Very cute and creative! Thanks for sharing this great idea. I know my munchkins would love something like this, too!
    ~Heather in Argentina :)

  3. That's so cute :) And I love your tree and the wreaths hanging on the windows :)

  4. That is a wonderful idea :) what a neat way to count down to Christmas.

  5. Love it! Glad they got the nativity set. They always love playing with the little one I have. Your idea is great.

  6. What a great idea Esther! That is so cute. I may copy your idea for my kids. Max especially wants to open Christmas gifts early and this way he can.

  7. I especially like the idea of a "picnic" by the Christmas tree!