Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2012 Advent & Christmas Books, Daily Activities and Plans

We like to read at least 1 new book each night in our home. In the past I have wrapped each book, and we have even drawn names out of a basket to see what we would read. This year since we have taken a more relaxed approach to Christmas the girls get to pick out what they want each night, and this is the list we have come up with. The * is next to the craft, idea or outing we will be doing for that day, The ** is for what our paper chain activity is for the day.

December 2 (First Sunday of Advent) ~ Waiting for Christmas: A Story about the Advent Calendar
*Decorate for Advent with Advent Calendars, Advent Wreath, Jesse Tree, etc... Set out Manger for Baby Jesus and all of our Christmas Books.  
**Light the first candle for Advent and pray for our Missionaries

December 3 ~ The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift Edition
**Make treats for the birds outside

December 4 ~ The Little Fir Tree
**Tell each family member you love them

December 5 ~ The Baker's Dozen: A St. Nicholas Tale,
**Read a story and watch a movie about St. Nicholas

December 6 (Feast of St. Nicholas) ~ The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
** Pick out our Christmas Tree

December 7 ~  Varies Nutcracker books including Nutty Nutcracker and The Nutcracker / Baryshnikov, Kirkland, Charmoli Ballet
*Make Peanut Butter Cookies
**Make Christmas cards for your sisters and brother

December 8 ~ The Christmas Bird ( Hanukkah begins at sundown)
*Make a Jewish Meal

December 9 (Second Sunday of Advent) ~ The Christmas Candle
*The Sabbath Day:) We will enjoy time with our church family today.
**Light the second candle and pray for families in need of salvation

December 10 ~ The Three Gifts of Christmas
**Spend the afternoon as a family playing games and making garland

December 11 ~ An Orange for Frankie
*Have Chocolate covered oranges
**Camp out in the living room and read Christmas stories and watch a Christmas movie

December 12 ~ The Legend of the Christmas Rose and Yuletide Ice Cube Fair (Big Idea Books / VeggieTales)
* We will me making Sopapias today, and buying our poinsettia
** Donate 1 toy or favorite item from each person in the family to the thrift store for Christmas

December 13 (Feast of St. Lucy) ~ Lucia, Saint of Light and Hanna's Christmas
* Make St. Lucia Bread
**Have eggnog and watch a Christmas movie

December 14 ~ God Gave Us Christmas
* Christmas Caroling in our town with our church
**Make thumbprint cookies an share with the neighbors and friends

December 15 ~ One Christmas Dawn
*Send out all our Christmas cards by today!
**Make gluten free lemon cookies for mommy:)

December 16 (Gaudete Sunday) ~ Night Tree
*The Sabbath Day:) We will enjoy time with our church family today.
**Light the third candle and pray for many blessings in 2013

December 17 ~ The Miraculous Child: A Christmas Folktale from Old Russia
*O Wisdom...
**Go to Culvers and have ice cream sundaes

December 18 How the Grinch Stole Christmas: A 50th Anniversary  and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas  
*O Adonai, and Ruler of the House... ( We bought a new movie this year The Little House on the Prairie )
**Watch the Grinch and have a Grinch party!

December 19 ~ Merry Christmas Curious, George
*O Root of Jesse...
**Watch The Polar Express and have hot chocolate

December 20 ~ The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth
*Bake Cookies for Christmas to give as gifts
**O Key of David - Key Lime mousse Pie and Sparkling Drinks with Dinner

December 21 ~ The Crippled Lamb
*O Dayspring...
**Hot Cocoa in thermoses and drive around to see Christmas lights in town after dark!

December 22 ~ One Winters Night
*O King of the Gentiles...
***Bake and Decorate Cut-out Cookies.

December 23 ~ (Fourth Sunday of Advent) ~ B is for Bethlehem
*O Emmanuel...
***Bake Starlight Cookies

December 24 ~  (Christmas Eve) ~ * Night-Before-Christmas-Clement-Clarke  and a new book  A Christmas Manger (Punch-out-and-play Books)
**Gingerbread House Decorating

The following books I did wrap in gold paper for the 12 Days of Christmas:

December 25 (Christmas Day) ~ The Nativity by Ruth Sanderson and The Very First Christmas

December 26  ~ Good King Wenceslas

December 27 ~ Stephen's Feast

December 28 (Feast of the Holy Innocents) ~ Angela and the Baby Jesus

December 29 ~ The Christmas Magic

December 30 ~ Mortimer's Christmas Manger and Pascual and the kitchen Angels

December 31 ~ The Little Match Girl

January 1 ~ Who's Hiding: A Christmas Lift the Flap (this is a Christmas gift to baby Thomas this year)

January 2 ~ Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker 

January 3 ~ Christmas in the Barn

January 4 ~ The Third Gift

January 5 ~ The Last Straw
* Watching a new movie I found Mystery of the Three Kings DVD

January 6 ~  (Feast of Epiphany) ~ We three Kings

Daddy and Thomas enjoying the stories

We have so many more books I hope to list the rest sometime before Christmas, but family  and baby kisses first:) Maybe next year:)

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