The beginning of Advent

We are keeping Christmas small and simple this year.

We got a small tree from the nursery (mmm, I do love that lovely pine smell) and put up our Christmas stockings. Since we were going¬†away, I thought I could skip everything else and maybe, just maybe, the kids would not miss too much ūüėČ

Then Sean asked, ‘Where’s that number thing that you always make for Christmas, Mama?’ Oops, no copping out this year then!

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So I whipped up¬†this sweet and simple¬†Advent calendar¬†using materials I had at home.¬†It is similar to the ones I made last year and the year before. To make it hardy enough to withstand my boys’ rough-handling, it is held together by thick washi tape (the glue gun is no match for my boys!). I love it because it is the one time in the year that I get to utilize the toilet rolls I have been hoarding all year!

The word Advent means ‚Äúcoming‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúarrival.‚ÄĚ The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.

I mapped out our plans for December and included an activity for them to do every day (e.g. making popcorn, buying a present for your brothers, drink hot chocolate, etc) till the 25th. We will be away for a week so I made sure to weave our holiday plans into the advent activities as well. (If you are keen, here are some Advent activity ideas for you.)

And since my boys are crazy about Pokémon Go this year, I added three small Pokémon figurines (I got them from Qoo10), one for each of them, every day as an extra element of surprise. So far, they are loving it!

It’s a really¬†nice way for them to¬†keep them meaningfully occupied¬†during the holidays and¬†count down to Christmas. Here’s wishing you and your family a cozy Christmas!