What is Advent?
Advent is the period of four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Each Sunday of Advent a candle is lit on the Advent wreath, each one having a meaning pertaining to the season.
Sunday 1 – Purple Candle – Prophecy Candle / Candle of Hope
We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God.
Sunday 2 – Purple Candle – Bethlehem Candle / Candle of Preparation
God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem.
Sunday 3 – Pink Candle – Shepherds Candle / Candle of Joy
The angels sang a message of joy!
Sunday 4 – Purple Candle – Angel’s Candle / Candle of Love
The angles announced the good news of a Savior. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us!
Christmas – White Candle – Christ’s Candle
The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth!
But we don’t celebrate on just Sunday and Christmas, we try to make each day special.
Here are our plans:
Day 1 – Read “The Christmas Story” book & Light the Candle of Hope
Day 2 – Make Salt dough ornaments
Day 3 – Buy a toy to donate to “Toys for Tots”
Day 4 – Write a letter to Santa
Day 5 – Read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Day 6 – Watch “Littlest Drummer Boy”
Day 7 – Bake Cupcakes
Day 8 – Christmas Craft & Light the Candle of Preparation
Day 9 - Make gifts of homemade hot chocolate mix and marshmallows for a few of our neighbors.
Day 10 – Take treats to the neighbors
Day 11 – Wrap Christmas Presents for grandparents and great grandparents
Day 12 – Read “No Two A Like” & make paper snowflakes
Day 13 – Bake Sugar Cookies
Day 14 – Decorate Sugar Cookies
Day 15 – Christmas craft & Light the Candle of Joy
Day 16 – Watch “It’s Christmas Charlie Brown” on Netflix
Day 17 – Make teacher’s Christmas gifts
Day 18 – Take donations to Human Society
Day 19 – Make rice crispy “snowballs”
- Rice crispy treats rolled into a ball, dusted with powdered sugar
Day 20 – Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Day 21 – Make Candy Cane Reindeer treats
Day 22 – Give out Candy Cane Treats at Church & Light the Candle of Love
Day 23 – Bake cookies for Santa
Day 24 – Read “Twas the night before Christmas”
Day 25 – Light Christ’s Candle & enjoy Christmas
Sugar the Elf is our awesome friend. She is an elf who comes to visit us all the way from the North Pole.
She can’t talk, but she does listen very well, and she watches the kids and reports back to Santa.
She is also mischievous.
Last year she wrote Ewok’s name with her cereal and climbed our Christmas tree.
This year mommy is planning a bit better and Sugar is going to get into some real trouble.
Here is what Sugar is planning for this year:
Friday, November 29th – Sugar returns with a gift (new ornaments for the tree, two for each kid)
Saturday, November 30th – Sugar Makes Breakfast
Sunday, December 1st – Flour “Snow Angel”
Monday, December 2nd – Fishing for Goldfish
Tuesday, December 3rd – Elf “kisses” (Hershey Kisses)
Wednesday, December 4th – Reading to Friends
Thursday, December 5th – Money to buy Tank a Christmas Gift
Friday, December 6th – Make Cookies (flour everywhere)
Saturday, December 7th – Candy Cane Garden Kit
- Magical Dirt (Oatmeal)
- Candy Cane Seeds (Peppermints)
- Candy Cane Fertilizer (Christmas Sprinkles)
- Directions : Pour magical dirt into a bowl, “plant” seeds, cover with fertilizer and wait
Sunday, December 8th – Gift: New Book (subject to good behavior)
Monday, December 9th – Create Block Tower
Tuesday, December 10th – Marshmallow bath
Wednesday, December 11th – Hanging from Dining room Chandelier
Thursday, December 12th – Glow sticks for a “Glow in the Dark Bath”
Friday, December 13th – Elf Zip-line
Saturday, December 14th – M&M Candy Canes in Candy Cane Garden
Sunday, December 15th – Gift: Coloring book & Crayons (subject to good behavior)
Monday, December 16th – Q-tip Snowflake
Tuesday, December 17th – Colored in Coloring book
Wednesday, December 18th – Shoe Sleighride
Thursday, December 19th – Count down 5 days until Christmas (use a chalk board)
Friday, December 20th – Gift: Nail polish for Mommy/ Daughter spa night
Saturday, December 21st – Crepe Paper “kid trap” (block doorway with crepe paper, sugar sits at breakfast table with roll of crepe paper and tape)
Sunday, December 22nd – Letter to Alayna wishing her to do a good job in the Christmas program at church
Monday, December 23rd – Leave a message with the breakfast cereal on table
Tuesday, December 24th – Leave Reindeer food
- Red & Green Sprinkles
Just a sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa’s reindeer fly & roam
This treat will guide them to your home.
(sugar returns with Santa, will see her again next year)
I will post our own pictures as we begin our holiday fun, but I thought I’d post our plans in case anyone is searching for ideas.
What holiday traditions does your family have?