I know I'm in danger of boring you with more weather stories, but I will confirm that we had two feet of snow in 24 hours, more on the way apparently. We have a couple of huge drifts in the front garden in which I almost lost the children earlier today (around 4ft)!
Anyway, back to the advent calendar....
I was a little concerned after I signed up for the holiday traditions swap that apart from the obvious ones, we didn't have any particular Christmas traditions in our family. Unless you count the fact that as children we had a stocking of smallish gifts in the morning but didn't open most of our presents until after the Queen's Speech (usually 3pm). Can you believe that?!! So the homemade advent calendar will be the start of a new Christmas tradition for our family and I will be sending all these details to Jen, my swap partner when we dig ourselves out of the snow!!
I wanted to avoid too many sweet things, so this year I've opted for the following little goodies in the pockets. (I realise there's less than 25, but we have a few holiday parties also so they will be considered the "gift" for that day). In no particular order they are:
CRAFTS - supplies to make:
Pomanders, paperchain garlands and snowflakes.
SWEET TREATS - things we can make together:
holiday rice crispie shapes
ACTIVITIES - little tickets inside the pocket for:
a trip to our local indoor play area
buying and decorating the tree
staying up half an hour later than usual (or a lie in for a grown up!)
watching a christmas movie
a visit to our favourite restaurant
a visit to the local Christmas concert
I'd love to know about all your traditions too.