Wednesday, November 30, 2011

25 Days of Christmas and Our Advent Calendar

Greetings from my couch!  Yes, I'm still sick on the couch.  The good news is I'm just out of my first trimester and the worst should be over soon.

My goal for the Holidays this year is to sit back at enjoy them!  Usually there's so much going on that I grit my teeth and plow through, not stopping for breath until Christmas has come and gone and then I'm full of regrets.  This year I've had plenty of down time to plan ahead and finished up all my shopping last week (all from my laptop!) and laid out our 25 Days of Christmas so there's no chance for the "too busy" excuses.

I splurged on this advent calendar from Pottery Barn kids this year and couldn't be happier with it.  

I just finished putting together the activity tags to fill the pockets.

Everyday we'll pull out our activity for the day.

 25 Days of Christmas 2011:

1 – decorate the kids’ tree + letter to Santa
2 – EVMCO Christmas concert
3 – EVMCO Christmas concert + frozen yogurt
4 – Christmas Devotional + hot Cocoa and popcorn
5 – draw names for sibling gifts
6 – Maddie’s school concert with cookies
7 – snuggle and read Christmas books
8 – Colby’s school concert with cookies
9 – decorate Christmas cookies
10 – shop for cousin gifts + wrap
11 – gingerbread houses
12 – make + deliver neighbor/friend goodies
13 – deliver neighbor/friend goodies continued
14 – homemade gifts for teachers
15 – Christmas carols + hot chocolate
16 – Christmas lights in the car
17 – take kids individually to shop for sibling gifts + wrap
18 – act out and read Nativity
19 – family dance party
20 – pack for Utah
21 – first half of drive + hot tub at the hotel!
22 – finish drive to Utah + Christmas Village in Ogden
23 – take Frontrunner train to lights at Temple Square + Discovery museum
24 – sledding + open sibling & cousin gifts +sleepover with cousins
25 – Santa’s here!

Let the fun begin!


  1. Awesome!!! I love the tags.

  2. Bahahahaha!!! Greetings from my couch....

  3. I loved this! I don't have kiddos put I'm pinning your post to remember the great ideas! I am writing an advent blog ( and love seeing new advent ideas.

  4. Ugh, I still haven't gotten to the advent. You have such good ideas on yours - I may have to steal a few. :o)

  5. I love this idea and pinned it earlier this afternoon! I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit and follow back!

  6. Your tags are so cute! I had planned to make an advent calendar and do something similar with tags, but as always, ran out of I bought one. :) Isn't it fun to be somewhat organized?

  7. how fun!! I'm sure it's making this month a blast for your girls. It's really a beautiful advent!

  8. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.