So our Advent activities haven’t exactly gone according to schedule. Getting settled into our new home has been a lot more time consuming than I expected. We’ve been in our new house for a little over a week now, and there are still tons of boxes to unpack and lots organizing to do. I’ve spent most of my free time getting the house in order, so I haven’t been able to put as much effort into Christmas festivities.
We’ve still had a good bit of fun though. We’ve even done a few things that I didn’t end up photographing. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy stuff without having to worry about documenting it. I have taken a good bit of photos though. Below is a sampling of some of the stuff we’ve been up to.
Read Christmas books at the library
Rosen loves going to the library, and this time it was a fun challenge for her to look for Christmas-related books to read. Saxon enjoyed cruising along the stacks of books during our hunt.
Make hot chocolate
Hot chocolate is pretty essential during the holiday season, so Rosen helped me mix up some for us to enjoy. Saxon even tried a little, but wasn’t too impressed.
Watched Bubble Guppies Holiday episode
This is the third year we’ve watched this episode during the Christmas season, so it’s become a bit of a tradition. Rosen loves watching Mr. Grumpfish’s change of heart
Put Up the Tree and Welcome Our Elf
After moving into our new house, the first order of business was to put up the tree! We also welcomed our Elf, Fiddles, into our home for the season. I don’t do much other than change his location every day. Coming up with new scenes of mischief each morning is a bit more effort than I’m willing to put in this year. Perhaps next year I’ll feel more creative.
Color Paper Ornaments
I found this little activity pack in the $1 section at Target. Rosen loved coloring the different ornaments and even got a little help from Saxon, too.
Decorate the Tree
It took several days after putting up our tree before we actually got around to decorating it. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those people who loves to put up the tree as soon as soon as possible, so having to wait was torture. Unpacking all of our stuff from the move ending up taking precedence though.
Stone Mountain Christmas
This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. We go to Stone Mountain for their Christmas celebration every year, and always enjoy seeing all the lights, riding the sing-along train, seeing the 4-D Christmas movie, and much more. We even got to meet Bumble from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.