Are you ready for this... two posts in one day, this must be a record. If you haven't had a chance to read my Christmas advent calendar post yet, don't worry. I'm stuffing you full of Christmas nonsense today and hopefully giving you some great ideas you can do with your children (or husband) in December.
This whole idea started out from my sister in law Nikki. She makes a basket full of Christmas goodies for her daughter to help count down the days to Christmas. (I've looked on your blog Nikki for a link, but I can't seem to find that post...)
Anyways, so I decided that I LOVE this idea and wanted to do something similar with my kids, and so the Christmas bucket was created.
For each day in December there is a "gift" of some sort to open. Now before you think that I'm some crazy rich person, not everything in there is new. Only a couple of things are new, most of them are things we already owned, or things I made or re-used and a lot of free activities to do.
Each package has a tag on it with a corresponding number. So each day the kids will open a gift that is Christmas related. The envelopes have fun Christmas activities, games or special things to do as a family.
I'll give you a break down of what my gifts are.
- Christmas movies (most pre-owned, 1 new)
- Christmas books (most pre-owned, 2 new from Grandma)
- Christmas craft
- Christmas coloring book
- Homemade red and green playdough
- Gingerbread cookie decorating kit (new)
- A Nativity set (for the 24th)
The envelopes have these things on them.
- Write letters to Santa
- Make cookies and take them to the Missionaries
- Make homemade tree ornaments (salt dough, bake and paint)
- Go and look at Christmas lights
- Bake cupcakes with Mommy
- Have hot chocolate and toast before bed (they LOVE this)
- Pick names for family gift exchange and go shopping for gifts
- Bake and decorate sugar cookies with Mommy
- Sort through old toys and take to a homeless shelter
- Put on a Christmas play for Mommy and Daddy to watch
I am excited to do the toy thing, and take them to see how blessed they are, and I'm sure the Christmas play will be a hoot! I love that the last day is a Nativity set, so that we can take the time to learn about Jesus' birth and the true meaning of the Christmas season.
I've managed to keep this whole thing a secret from the kids, but I'm just dying to get started... is it December 1st yet??