I had a few people ask what activities I put in the advent bags. I already know I'm going to make some adjustments for next year, but so far we've been having a lot of fun!
1 - Hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows
2 - Decorate sugar cookies (I baked the cookies and made the icing the night before. I put all the sprinkles in separate containers - basically had everything ready to go well ahead of time. I'm learning that is a must with a two year old.)
3 - String popcorn garland. This did not work. Jackson had fun, but all he did was eat the popcorn off the garland as we tried to string it. Probably won't try this again until he's much older.
8 - Make cinnamon applesauce ornaments with a friend
9 - Make Christmas rice krispy treats. I think we're going to add red and green sprinkles to regular treats.
10 - Make Christmas pancakes for breakfast. (Use metal cookie cutters as pancake molds. We do this a lot with holidays and special days.)
11 - Make Christmas cards for more family members
12 - Go to the Polar Express at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens
13 - Make Christmas ornaments with a friend
14 - Take a neighborhood walk after dinner to look at lights
17 - Unwrap and wear Christmas pj's
19 - Visit the lights in Newport News park.
24 - Feed the reindeer. (Oatmeal with glitter - our yard is going to sparkle!)
25 - CHRISTMAS!!!
So, I'm still four activities short, but I have a little time to get creative. If time allows, I'm going to make a gingerbread house one evening and let Jackson decorate it the next day.
On another note, I went to the quilting store today and picked out fabric for Jackson's quilt! I'm so excited to start on it!