Our advent activities this year will be mostly secular until December 11th. After that, I thought I would do something a little different. I've picked out Christmas carols to teach the children. We'll sing the chorus or the first verses of the songs. We'll also do some fun go along activities. I don't expect they will memorize the songs, but I want the days to be more focused on Jesus and the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Day 1- Elf Fun
Day 2- More Elf Fun
Day 3- Candy Canes
Day 4- Marshmallow Fun
Day 5- Swirly Twirly Day
Day 6- Festival of Lights
Day 7- Snow Storm
Day 8- Reindeer Games
Day 9- Gingerbread Play
Day 10- More Gingerbread Play
Day 11- Nutcracker Fun
Day 12- Away in a Manger
Day 13- Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Day 14- Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
Day 15- Joy to the World
Day 16- The First Noel
Day 17- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Day 19- Little Drummer Boy
Day 20- Angels We Have Heard on High
Day 21- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Day 22- Silent Night
Day 23- What Child Is This?
Day 24- The Christmas Story Retold
We finished up our elf fun with a few elf crafts. Using construction paper, I cut elf faces out and placed them in a green gift bag for each child.
They glued them to the bag to make a cute elf face.
I had them leave them on the table for me. After they went to bed, I packaged up their Christmas jammies for a little morning surprise.
I loved these Russell Stover chocolate Santas when I was a child. They do too!
Our other craft was pine cone elves. Juiciness and Sassyfras helped pick out the colors for their elves, but Little J and I drew their faces and did any hot gluing. We used chenille stems for the arms and legs and also to make a small loop on the back so they can hang on the tree.