My mom is pretty crafty. She once made an Advent calendar out of matchboxes. Each box was wrapped in pretty paper, and decorated to look like a house, then mounted on a stiff poster with scenery. Each little house could be slid open to reveal a slip of paper with an Advent activity written on it. We visited dogs in the shelter, made paper stars for our windows, and ate Lebkuchen with hot cocoa.
My sister is pretty crafty too. Last year she did her own Advent activities, making pretzels and Christmas cookies and donating to the food pantry. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I combed her brain for ideas.
Because this year...I want to do it too.
I am so excited about Advent this year. Since around the time I graduated high school, it's been difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. There are no children around who believe in Santa, and my December days are usually fraught with the stress of finals. When I was teaching, I put Christmas lights around my whiteboard. The kids loved it. And that's all it took for me. A few souls joining in with my enthusiasm made the season so much brighter. And so Advent begins. This will be my little way of pouring some Christmas spirit into the world, with the hopes that some of it will be returned to me.
Only one rule: no stress. I don't want to ruin the whole thing by making it another check on my to-do list.
So here it is...
- Do a random act of kindness
- Put up the Christmas decorations
- Visit a Christkindlmarkt
- Watch a Christmas movie (this one will happen more than once)
- Snuggle with Maus
- Leave a card for the postman
- Make an orange garland
- Drink eggnog with Lebkuchen
- Mail a few Christmas cards
- Make a seasonal stovetop potpurri
- Make Christmas cookies
- Take some flowers to a friend
- Donate to a food pantry
- Make a crockpot stew
- Clean the apartment
- Visit the Faneuil Hall tree
- Drink some Glühwein with friends
- Start a cozy crochet project
- Make homemade (non-toxic) vapor rub
- Get coffee with a friend
- Buy myself a gift
- Donate to a charity
- Wrap presents
- Call a relative
I might be getting ahead of myself, but I'm already excited for next year too. I just know I'll get more ideas for great activities. Any suggestions are appreciated. ;-)
Until tomorrow, enjoy a few more of my favorite winter scenes...
sources found on my pinterest