I thought I would do a quick wrap-up of all the Advent activities we did this year.
Day 1: Put up Christmas Decorations
Day 2: Bethlehem Revisited
Day 3: Birthday Gift for Teacher
Day 4: Christmas Cards
Day 6: Family Game Night
Day 7: Leave for Oklahoma
Day 11: Wrap gifts
Day 13: Light 'Em Up! Activity, make "Thank you" signs for the trash collectors
Day 18: Watch "Charlie Brown Christmas
Day 19: Make Sugarplums for classmates
Day 20: Watch "I want a dog for Christmas Charlie Brown"
Day 21: Birthday Doughnuts for Benjamin's 4th birthday!
Day 22: Benjamin's Lego Party!
Day 23: Pizza night
Day 24: Open Christmas Eve gift bag
Day 25: Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas!!
(Surprisingly I have few photos of Christmas Day. It was so busy that I just barely took out my camera! I do have a few photos on my phone so I'll try to get around to posting some of those.)
I mentioned at the beginning of the month that the boys (mostly Caleb) would be doing the "Truth in the Tinsel" activities for our Jesse Tree. I was cautiously optimistic about this endeavor. I wasn't convinced that we would be able to get all 24 ornaments done for our tree. BUT WE DID!! I'm so excited that we were able to do them all. Caleb did most of them, with Benjamin joining us for a few. It was a lot of fun.
And one of my most favorite things this season was the SB Christmas Card exchange. When I came up with this idea in November, I wasn't sure how many families would be interested in participating. We had 72 families sign up to do the exchange (I suspect it will be even more next year). I was blessed almost daily with 2, 3, and sometimes 6 Christmas cards from my SB family. It was such a treat. I think I got about 40 cards in the mail.
I ran out of room!
I've got a plan to create a "2012 SB Christmas Card Exchange" book. That way I can keep these wonderful cards organized. They were such a blessing to our family. I can't wait to do it again next year! A BIG "Thank You" to everyone that participated.