I love advent. This season of waiting, anticipating, preparing for the light to return. Religious or not, this is a time when anticipation can feed us. We connect with the waiting for Christmas, for the promise of a baby to come (that would be the Jesus baby, I am not making a thinly veiled pregnancy announcement.)
We celebrate winter, and quiet moments of family connection. Board games, candlelit dinners, winter stories that remind us of the beauty of this time of the year. The days are short, and getting shorter. The air is cold and getting colder. The overwhelming business of the season can get even the most motivated person feeling anxious and motion sick. But we stop in this season. We stop and enjoy the dark. The cold. The days when we simply curl up in our little corner of the world and cuddle. The days when we read entire novels and eat popcorn. We watch movies late into the night knowing that we can sleep in with the sun.
We have an advent calendar for our family to mark the days of this season. The kids each got a Playmobil advent calendar this year as well, so each day they get one tiny piece of Playmobil to add to their collection. Each calendar comes with a backdrop, and they will spend hours every day creating worlds together. Our family advent calendar focuses always on intentional time with the family and service to others. This year I made a list of activities but I won’t load the calendar until the morning of, allowing the weather dependent activities to be placed on good days.
For anyone needing ideas, here’s our list.
- Playmobil calendar treasure hunt
- Go to the Ice parade
- Go for a winter hike at Willmore Park
- Make ice lanterns
- Make fancy hot chocolate (with candycane stir sticks)
- Go toboganning
- Go swimming
- Choose a tree. Decorate it!
- Christmas craft with foamie cutouts
- Bake gingersnaps
- Go to a Christmas movie
- Go bowling
- Shop for the food bank
- Make sugar cookies and deliver them to friends
- Ice sculpture part 1
- Ice sculpture part 2
- Make Christmas cards
- Make Christmas decoration for tree
- Bake and decorate gingerbread men
- Tin can lanterns (probably for solstice)
- Ice painting with watercolors
- Go for a Christmas Lights drive
- Watch a family Christmas movie
oops! Just realized I’m missing one. So, I welcome your ideas and suggestions as well.
Happy Advent everyone. I hope this time is hopeful and peace-filled for you all.