It's December. It's. December. Don't know about anyone else, but I'm having a hellava time getting into the spirit. Blah. BUT, just because I'm not there yet, doesn't mean my kids aren't. Three years ago, I started doing an advent calendar that suited us. There are SO many out there to choose from, but I just couldn't seem to find one that we loved. So, I made one. Here's what it looks like:
-Snowman pancake breakfast
-Picnic in front of the Christmas tree
-Read holiday books
-Drive around town to look at lights while drinking hot cocoa in a to-go mug (they get a kick out of that)
-Snowman pizza night
-Call a family member that we don't get to talk to often
-Letters to Santa
-Stuff Christmas card envelopes (lucky them!)
-Toys for Tots shopping (or any other giving kindness)
-Cook a meal for a neighbor
-Deliver goodies to neighbors
-Shovel driveways (ours and neighbors around us)
The list is endless. We gear our advent calendar to family time and doing things together. Perhaps look into fun festivities that your town offers. Or help a family member decorate for Christmas. I know how much I can't stand hauling all those totes out, it'd be nice to do that for someone else.
We also have an awesome Elf on the Shelf. I wish there was a sarcasm font (for the 'awesome'). I did this to ourselves by purchasing it. Somehow it has become Hubby's responsibility to move the damn thing every night. Bless him. Just yesterday I came across an article about 'Kindness Elves' (look it up, it's pretty cool). I love, love, love this idea. I presented it to my Hubs and he said, and I quote "great, another thing for us to forget"...touche Hubby, touche. As much as I adore this idea, he's right. Taking on too much during the holidays can be stressful, because let's face it, it seems like the holiday season is stressful, at least a little bit, for everyone. Less is more. Plus, we incorporate our own ways of kindness into the advent calendar every year. I'm trying to find a way for the Elf to get "lost" and never return...too cruel? And is it just me or are they a wee bit creepy? I feel as though I can say these things because I'm the one that inflicted this whole "Elf" thing to begin with.
Ok, that's all for now. I have no idea when I'll be back. I have a couple projects that I want to accomplish here at home, and they'd be blog worthy but I have no schedule on when this will actually happen.
Have a great day! Until next time...FYI, no editing.
Side Note: I cherish coffee.
Side Note 2: I've been to Target so much over the past 2 weeks, that I THINK I'm getting kind of sick of it...or maybe it's the crowds...
Side Note 3: I've been on a chai hiatus...it's time to bring it back.