Advent and the entire Christmas season is about so much more than just what’s happening in our own little home. I built an It Takes a Village Advent Calendar to show my kids the importance of being kind to others.
“You can’t have a perfect day without doing something for someone who’ll never be able to repay you.” __ John Wooden
For a number of years, we’ve been doing activity advents. Along with their candy, I slip a piece of paper into that slot and we do a special holiday activity together. This year, I wanted to do more. I was inspired by this Holiday Hands post at Momastery and have spent quite a bit of time dwelling on it for the past month. I thought maybe for my birthday, I’d do 35 random acts of kindness. I thought, well I already do many things and maybe that’s enough as it is. But, I was stuck on this line in her post,
“I’d rather my kids have three Christmas gifts and your kids have three Christmas gifts, than my kids have six gifts and your kids have no gifts.”
I took food boxes (that I used for my Thanksgiving meal!), cut off the bottom and cut and taped till they looked like little houses.
Covered them in pretty scrapbook paper and added a number
I found small boxes in my gift wrap stash, and I cut up old Christmas cards I had saved and glued the cards to the tops of the boxes. This part took me WAY too long, because I couldn’t help but read all the cards and smile remembering all those past Christmases and some of the people who are no longer with us.
I used more scrapbook paper to make trees, because what’s a village without a little greenery?
I typed up our activity for the day and then cut and glued it to cardstock.
I left everything open at the bottom, so I can just tuck 2 pieces of candy and an activity slip up inside it.
And I had a piece of scrapbook paper with a quote I loved, that I just stuck to a frame using double-sided tape.
Then I arranged it all on top of our piano.
Here are the activities that we will be doing this holiday season:
1. Holiday Parade
2. Leave change in a vending machine
3. Write thank you notes for teachers
4. Watch Elf
5. Leave treat for mailman
6. Make a time capsule ornament
7. Decorate gingerbread houses with friends
8. Visit trains at library
9. Make and deliver cookies
10. Buy gift card and give to person behind us in line
11. Take towels/blankets to animal shelter
12. Watch A Christmas Story
13. S’mores and hot chocolate
14. Buy flowers and give to someone in parking lot
15. Call grandparents
16. Go to Poconos
17. Sleep-over at grandparents
18.Make meal for neighborhood family
19. Pay for order of car behind us in drive-thru
20. Living room picnic with Christmas movie
21. Put birdseed out for birds
22. Write letter and send to friend
23. Donate gifts to holiday family
24. Merry Christmas Eve! Go to Nana’s
Merry Christmas to you and your village!!