Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Advent Calendar 2012

Two years ago, with Granny B’s help I made a fabric advent calendar for Little B. Mainly to help him track the time until Christmas (and his birthday which is not long after) and not only was it fun to make but an absolute hit with Little B. It’s always been part home-made, part craft, part cooking and part experiences.

And it's these things the he remembers and talks about when thinking about Christmas. Inadvertently these have now become family traditions :-)

But this year I’ve taken a leaf (excuse the pun) out of Tricia’s book over at Little Eco Footprints and made a leaf advent calendar. For three reasons, 1) it takes up minimal space, 2) I like the notion of using things we have in the yard and 3) Little B was very attracted to the novelty of the whole thing. Our normal advent calendar has just stayed packed away and we will probably use it again next year.

But as with all traditions, my little boy has gotten bigger and some activities have lost their gloss.

So this our list for this year (taking into account one very science-y, outdoor, active type of boy – read less cooking):

1. His Christmas Book (we started this from his 1st year)
2. Decorate the tree
3. Paint with Feathers
6. Draw on the trampoline
8. A canoe trip up the Yarra River
9. See the Myer Christmas Windows
10. Put a gift under our local charity tree
11. Make your own bath paints
12. Make a snowglobe (for presents)
14. Paint with Mud
15. Climb a tree
16. Camp overnight in the backyard (in our trampoline tent)
17. Paint rock monsters and setting some free
20. Make some seed bombs
21. Make a gingerbread house
22. Go for bike-ride along part of the Warburton Rail Trail
24. Sprinkle reindeer food and put out milk for Santa

1 comment:

  1. Your calendar looks gorgeous. I love all the different colors.

    Making seed bombs is a great idea. I'll steal that one next year ;-)