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01 Dec, 2010

25 Days of Christmas: Day one

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

I said I wasn’t going to blog about our 25 Days, but I have a feeling I am going to find it hard to resist. I won’t be blogging every day – just here and there. I don’t want to add anymore stress to my life this month and I don’t think anyone really wants to hear Every Single Detail of Our Lives.

Day 1/25 days of ChristmasSo today was day one! The girls left for school without opening their envelope, which was fine because I had to switch it out for something else at the last minute. Also, now that they’re older, I’m going to rewrite the activites so they’re more like riddles. I want to keep them guessing.

Anyway, I thought I’d make it easy on myself and ease into our advent activities this year with a special after-dinner treat for the girls. They had a whole cup of mini-marshmallows (with some homemade hot chocolate poured on top) as well as a gingerbread man I bought from Second Cup today. He tasted as good as he looks.

This post is part of our 2010 Family Advent, a.k.a 25 Days of Christmas. You can read more about that here.

5 Responses to "25 Days of Christmas: Day one"

1 | Sasha

December 1st, 2010 at 9:40 pm


This is such a great idea. One of the things I like about it is how easy it is to adapt to your own family: we’re going to start on December 6 – St. Nicholas Day. So excited!

2 | Sherry

December 2nd, 2010 at 12:12 am


I’m so glad you’re going to be blogging yours. I am as well – today we did (at-home) mani-pedis!

3 | michelle

December 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 am


I’m so glad you decided to blog about the 25 days, even if it’s just here and there. You inspired me to start 3 years ago and I’ve really enjoyed the holidays because of it. This is our 3rd year and I was thrilled to see how excited my kids were about starting the tradition again. It definitely made all the hard work worth it. We eased into it yesterday, we wrote and mailed our letters to Santa.

4 | Marianne

December 2nd, 2010 at 12:02 pm


Yum! That gingerbread man looks yummy (and the marshmallows too). I thought about starting this year, but with a 3 year old and a newborn I wasn’t sure I could handle it — or that I wanted to start a tradition I might not be able to stop. I like the idea of starting on St. Nicholas Day. I guess that gives em a couple of days to decide for sure if I’m going to do it or not.

Also, I saw something in the Christmas displays ection of Superstore the other day that I thought would work well with this activity. It was an adevent calendar shaped like a house but made up of small numbered compartments for the 24 (days up to Christmas. I guess the idea is to put a little chocolate or tiny gift behind each door, but I thought it would be perfect to put each day’s activity in, either folded or rolled up as a small scroll and tied with a ribbon. It would make it easy to move them around, or put them in as you went, too!

5 | Michelle

December 2nd, 2010 at 2:52 pm


Thanks for the great advent calendar idea! I was feeling crafty this year and made one similar to yours. Day two and it’s a grand success and my son never even asked about the cheap chocolate one we had got previously he liked it so much!

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