Yay! Advent is here! We’ve got lots of fun activities lined up for the next few weeks. We made an Advent wreath on Sunday and slowly started decorating the house. Last night M got to stay up late drinking cocoa and helping me decorate, a new tradition we started last year. We set up my old Dickens’ Christmas Village (and she renamed the building to fit the Harry Potter universe :)). We decorated our mini tree to be our dining room centerpiece and we hung mistletoe and gumdrop garlands.
Yesterday, one of C’s friends stayed with us for the morning, and we made these fantastic reindeer from from Let’s Explore and Christmas trees from popsicle sticks and cardstock. The kids painted popsicle sticks brown. Then I gave them a sheet of cardstock on which I’d drawn a triangle. They painted it green. When it was dry, I cut the triangle out, brushed the whole surface with glue, and they added sequins and glitter.
We also read Mortimer’s Chrismtas Manger by Karma Wilson, Merry Christmas, Ollie by Olivier Dunrea and some selections from Kathryn Jackson and Richard Scarry’s The Animals’ Merry Christmas.
Today we’re going to read Petunia’s Christmas and make wreaths with chenille stems (pipe cleaners). I got this idea from these wondeful Advent book and craft posts from the creator of Crafty Crow and Bella Dia.
Tomorrow we’re having a few of M’s friends over to decorate sugar cookies and watch the American Girl movie, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. I’m going to make a simplified version of these Chocolate Gingebread Petit Fours for the girls.
I’ll do another post soon with more of the books and crafts we’re enjoying.