This year I decided to try an advent calendar for the kids.
However, we don't celebrate santa and we don't pretend about santa.
Christmas for us is about Christ's birth. That is what we celebrate.
I'm one of those mom's who does not like to give my kids candy or small toys. So I was at a bit of a loss, I posted a plea on facebook. My friends came thru and gave me great suggestions.
I decided to make the advent calendar easy and easily doable. These had to be things that I could do with the kids that didn't cost to much money and did not focus on 'getting'
I made two paperchains,
my kids, I knew would not share
My kids can't read yet, so to make it even easier for me, I just wrote the date in each chain-link.
Then I printed out my advent list and posted it between the chains
each kid cut their chain-link and our special countdown task today...
cut out snowflakes and start to memorize a bible verse for the Christmas season.
I used coffee filters so that it would be easier for my little ones to cut.
The kids still are not super fantastic with scissors, so I ended up doing most of the cutting,
letting the kids unfold them. They thought that was just as great.