(Official note: It was Climber's turn this year to put the star on top of the tree.)
I think because we purchased it earlier in December than usual we were able to get a smaller and therefore cheaper tree. The man who sells it to Fixit every year always gives us some bonus plant seedlings, so we are now growing eggplant, thai basil and burpless cucumbers. Expect eggplant curry with raita sometime in March I reckon.
Last year I put together an Advent Activity Calendar, 25 fun-filled yuletide activities to keep us in the Christmas Spirit all December-long. I thought I'd put in the full list of what we did below for ease of reference. Obviously far too late to help me or anyone with December 2011 plans, but maybe next year. Although I suppose it might help remind me of important things I still need to do in the next - don't panic! -12 days, seeing as I decided NOT to do the advent box again this year due to slackitude and can't-be-botheredness, plus how many handmade tree decorations does one family need?
Anyway here it is:
A LIST OF ADVENT ACTIVITIES, with links, especially good for tap-dancing families.
- Hang A Christmas Decoration In Your Bedroom (also includes how I made my advent box)
- Make A Christmas Paper Chain
- Make Some Christmas Cards
- Write a Letter To Santa
- Post Your Letter to Santa
- Take A Food Donation to your JSC Christmas Appeal
- Do a Christmas Tree Maze (actually this is more about appearing in local rag as Outraged Pool User)
- Take A Family Photo wearing Santa Hats or Reindeer Ears
- Sew a Felt Ornament for the Christmas Tree
- Make Microwave Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments (I'm getting so many hits on this post, I'm like a Christmas Expert now)
- Write Christmas Cards to Give To Your School Friends
- Decorate The Christmas Tree
- Wear Christmas Coloured Clothes
- Build Something Christmassy out of Lego
- Read A Christmas Story At Bedtime
- Wrap A Christmas Present For Your Teacher
- Go Out For A Gelato with the Family (Warning! Features vomit!)
- Go To a Tap Dance Christmas Party & Dance To Christmas Songs
- Make a Wreath for the Front Door
- Make Up A Christmas Tap Dance (I still love watching this routine the boys made up, and I stole some of their choreography for this year's concert.)
- Make Some Christmas Shortbread
- Play A Family Board Game
- Play A Game of Backyard Cricket
- Hang Christmas Stocking and Leave Santa a Present
- Open presents etc.