I often wonder what childhood stories my children will tell when they are older.
What fun things have we done to reminisce about? What events have we experienced together that enriches their childhood and our ‘familyness’. What photos will we have to experience those moments again?
This Christmas, I want our lives to be filled with joyful loving moments.
Moments where we are happy together, where we experience the joy of each other’s company, and moments where we are having fun doing things we don’t normally do.
Actually, let’s make all our Christmases like that.
And so, I’m starting a new tradition – an experiential Christmas advent calendar.
I had to think really hard to come up with 24 fun activities. I incorporated some events around town that we’ll visit together and activities from my fellow mommy bloggers. I then printed these activities (free printables below), cut them up and put them in the advent calendar, strategically placing the activities to particular dates.
Each morning, we’ll open a little door to an activity we’ll be experiencing together as a family. I am also making a point to photograph us in these experiences (with my good camera, not just the iPhone…) so Elle will have photos to remember our fun times together.
I can just picture my Little Girl opening the tiny door to reveal a piece of magic waiting inside.
Here are some things I can’t wait to experience with her:
- Hunting for Christmas chocolates around the house.
- Having a hot chocolate party with all the fixings! Marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, candy cane, chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks, Kahlua (for the adults, obviously)…anything that goes into a hot chocolate will be there.
- Riding on the Christmas Carousel with Elle and trying the famous German Christmas Drink (I have no idea what this is!) at the Vancouver Christmas Market.
I can’t wait to show her photos of her 3rd Christmas and tell her how she made the biggest hot chocolate mustache or how royal she looked as the queen when we had high tea that Christmas 10 years ago.
This will be a magical Christmas to remember.
I know how hard it is to come up with 24 different activities for Christmas (trust me, it took me 2 days!) Lucky you, I came up with 30! You could download it here.