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27 Nov, 2011

The 2011 edition of the Fishbowl Christmas Countdown Calendar

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Challenge me, challenge you|Easy ways to make kids happy

a.k.a. The Family Advent Calendar
a.k.a. 25 days of Christmas

Oh man. I’m not ready for this:

25days

For those of you who aren’t in the know, many moons ago I started a new tradition with my family. Instead of buying a chocolate advent calendar I decided to surprise the girls with one Christmas-related activity everyday throughout the month of December; a fun task, seasonal event, or craft. No chocolate, no shopping, and no cheap gifts — just family time.

You can read more about how to make your own advent calendar, get some ideas about some activities to do, and read more about why this has been such an awesome family tradition at least year’s post about it.

I’ve been doing this for many years now (I think this will be the fifth year?) and now that the girls are older I’m actually going to scale it down to 12 days. There won’t be any partridges in pear trees or golden rings to distribute (not to mention drummers drumming and maids a’milking), but I want to do something bigger for a shorter length of time this year. :)

If all goes well I will be photographing and writing about each of the activities we do for our twelve days. Care to join me? Either for 25 or 12? Let me know! Regardless of which you choose, if you tweet something related to this project please use #25daysofChristmas so I can follow your fun! Thank you!


19 Responses to "The 2011 edition of the Fishbowl Christmas Countdown Calendar"

1 | Lynn

November 27th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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My post is already up! The kids would never let me get away without doing this. I even made a new advent calendar.

http://diaryofaturtlehead.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/christmas-is-coming/

2 | Brenda A.

November 27th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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Great idea but this year I do not feel organized enough to tackle this! Look forward to ideas and inspirations for next year!

3 | Judy

November 27th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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We are doing it again this year! All the activities are for my husband and son since I work so much more at the store in December, I don’t get home in time for any.

4 | Patricia

November 27th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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After reading about it on your blog last year, I did it and my now 5 year old loved it! I didn’t do it every day (I have an advent calendar that is a wooden Christmas tree and every day you find an ornament to put on it, so I slipped them in with the ornaments). When she found one, even if it was as simple as singing a Christmas carol, she loved it! This year I’ve added in baking specific Christmas cookies. I think I’m up to about 20 days that we’ll be doing a Christmas activity. I know my almost 2 year old will start to get into the Christmas spirit with us too this year.

5 | Thank You Gifts For Him

November 28th, 2011 at 3:51 am

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I do this for my children and they love it! We are kicking it off by making handprint reindeers with big glittery red noses on thursday. So I really need to get my thinking cap on for the other 23 days! I have a few ideas already but with my children not being at school age yet we have lots of spare time to do fun crafts and they both really enjoy it.

6 | Sue

November 28th, 2011 at 8:16 am

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You helped us start a great tradition for the holidays. We are definitely doing this again this year.

7 | Sara

November 28th, 2011 at 10:51 am

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Love this idea – this will be our third year doing this and my kiddos are definitely anticipating it! This past weekend my 5 year old son said to me: “Can you please make sure making a gingerbread house is first in the advent messages?” I think I need to get more creative! :)

8 | FireMom

November 28th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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I’m in! Our post is up as of a few minutes ago. it was labor intensive. lol http://stopdropandblog.com/2011/11/28/our-advent-season-activities-and-book-list-for-2011/

9 | Advent Activities 2011 « Mom PhD

November 30th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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[…] holidays treats (shortbread, pebernødder, bark). Thanks to the Andrea at A Peak inside the Fishbowl for the inspiration to make an actual list! GA_googleAddAttr(“AdOpt”, “1”); […]

10 | Jayda

November 30th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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Just in the nick of time! http://jaydamomphd.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/advent-activities-2011/
I love these little activities/challenges you post. Thanks!

11 | Sara

December 1st, 2011 at 10:14 am

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We are back and ready for another 25 days of fun :) Thanks Andrea!

http://mypointsofview.ca/2011/12/01/twenty-five-days-of-christmas/

12 | CanadianParents.com Blogs

December 2nd, 2011 at 10:52 am

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