I’m going to confess that I wasn’t as structured with this part as I was with part one. Once school was out for me, I got a bit out of my routine. And I’ve also packed away the advent calendar with all it’s cute little cards, so I don’t remember as well. Still, here’s a quick list.
I’m so glad that we did our countdown this way. The activities were super fun — and have always been — but the books forced us to slow down a bit and take time to read, even in the busyness of the season.
Dec 14 and 15 — I was on my trip with Molly, and JA was having special time with dad, so no activity
Dec 16 — I don’t really remember what book we read (or of we read one), but there would be lots of options about making something for friends, etc — we made treats for our small group
Dec 17 — Russell’s Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton, get Mom’s Christmas present (the book and activity really have no connection in this one)
Dec 18 — Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams and Jean Stoick, make pinecone bird treats
Dec 19 — pick out new Christmas book and read it. They chose Who’s that Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett
Dec 20 — The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg, drive around and look at lights
Dec 21 — I planned a treasure hunt with clues and they found the movie Brave at the end of it, so we have movie night. We didn’t have a book with this, but you could easily do If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
Dec 22 — Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day, go buy presents for our pets
Dec 23 — Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, take an evening walk
Dec 24 — The Night Before Christmas by Robert Sabuda, get ready for Santa: make reindeer food and Christmas cookies