Following on from my homemade Advent calendar earlier this week, I wanted to share our list of Advent activities for December. We don’t have a chocolate or gift calendar, instead each day has its own special activity or treat. I try to tie these in with the things we have fixed in the diary already (such as the school nativity play, or the trip to the pantomime), and then I find other activities to suit each day, depending on what else we have planned. Some involve being out and about, others are quiet things that the kids can do at home after a busy day at school. It’s also a bit of an organic list – I’m often to be found late the night before (or bleary-eyed first thing in the morning), hurriedly trying to swap that day’s activity because I’m missing a vital ingredient or the weather outside is too atrocious to attempt to venture out.
The twins know the drill now and they are always excited to find out what the calendar holds in store for that day. I don’t know how many more years they’ll be oblivious to the existence of chocolate calendars, but luckily we’ve managed to dodge the pester-power so far, and I hope the tradition we’re building will mean our alternative option is cherished.