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27 Nov, 2012

The 2012 edition of the Fishbowl Family Advent Calendar

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

a.k.a. 25 days of Christmas

Here we are again! Fa la la la laaaaa! I can’t believe it either. Is it really almost December?

25days

Allow me to summarize this annual activity for newbies that may be reading along.

Once upon a time, instead of buying chocolate advent calendars for our young daughters I decided it would be more interesting to plan one Christmas-related activity every day throughout the month of December. No chocolate, no shopping, and no cheap gifts — just family time —  a mix of big activities and small. We call it our Family Advent calendar, and it’s essentially 25 small envelopes with written messages inside them, and it’s become a very major holiday tradition here at Casa Fishbowl

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 over on a past post I wrote about it here.

Last year I pared it down to 12 days but we talked about it this year and the girls told me they want to go back to the full 25 so I am rejigging my list to include more tween-friendly activities. (I’m still working on that part, but if you’re on Pinterest you might be interested to see my Family Advent board if you’re looking for some ideas.)

If anything, our Family Advent Calendar has been a great way to keep me organized, and encourages us to celebrate a quieter side of Christmas that sometimes seems to be losing out to the frantic spendy side of things.

I know a lot of you also do a variant of the Family Advent, and I always love to hear about your own traditions and see what you’re doing. If you’re tweeting about it please tag your tweets with #familyadvent so I can see what you’re up to!


10 Responses to "The 2012 edition of the Fishbowl Family Advent Calendar"

1 | Ginger

November 27th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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I am so excited! We are actually doing it this year…a full 25 days! The boys are 4 this year and everything about this time is so very magical to them. It is going to be so fun and exciting and I can’t wait. I have almost all 25 days planned…a few more small things to put in.

3 | julie

November 27th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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love this idea- i am so tired of the chocolate advent calendars too- i want to do something fun with the family and (though i am starting late) i am glad i found this site! thanks for posting

4 | Shauna

November 28th, 2012 at 1:56 am

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Ooh advent! Very cool–and ambitious, doing 25 days of Christmas projects. I will have to set to work coming up with my own advent project. Hmmmm..

Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

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