Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Advent

In addition to putting up an ornament on our Christmas tree advent calendar, this year we had little daily "activities." I really enjoy doing them, and every day Rhett wakes up asking, "What fun thing do we get to do today?" Here's a little taste of what we've done:

We made and decorated Christmas cookies.

We made ice cream one night. And then a couple of nights later, we made a "new dessert" and this year that dessert was a waffle cone in which we ate the ice cream.

We visited the temple to see its lights. (A visit to the temple always includes dinner at Continental Pizza and Subs.)

We saw the trains at Brookside Gardens.

And maybe, just maybe, we opened the Christmas Eve presents already. Seeing as though they were Christmas clothes, I thought it was okay.

Finally, we decorated a gingerbread house. I did get a picture of Rhett smiling, but I had to post this one because it's just so him. (First time I made a real gingerbread house. Please ignore the sliding roof and collapsing wall. We're still learning.)

Other undocumented (but not illegal) activities included: sang carols by the tree, had hot chocolate by the tree (which should be cider since only one person in our house likes hot chocolate), donated some food, read a book together as a family ("Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever"), had a red and green dinner (more like pink and green, but whatever). Overall, I am very pleased with how it turned out. Only eleven more months until we can do it again!

Merry Christmas!


  1. wow what great ideas!!! we'll definitely have to do these next year! MERRY CHRISTMAS MY DEAR FRIEND! I love you and your family!

  2. awwww, it all looked so fun and wonderful - too bad we couldn't have joined you on some of the activities. :)

    i'll have to get the full report on the gingerbread making - it turned out great. seriously. so fun.

  3. Such an awesome idea. I really need to do this. Maybe next year when I'm not pregnant and totally unmotivated to do anything!! Even though I feel just fine ;)