Thursday, December 02, 2010

Advent chain

On the last day of November we sat down as a family and made a list of things to do--one for each day--until Christmas.  Some were little, like reading a Christmas story as a bedtime story.  Some were bigger, like making gingerbread houses.  And some were much bigger, like going to the Children's Museum to ride the Yule Slide, or going up to Chicago for some festivities there.  I was so glad that we actually planned this out, because last year I felt like the holiday season whizzed by and there were so many things I'd wanted to do as a family that just sort of fell by the way because we didn't have a plan in place or the right ingredients on hand or a time set aside. 

I wrote all our ideas down on strips of green and red paper, and Abigail and Neil made them into a paper chain (Juliet and Isaac were busy jumping on the couches and ignoring the rest of us).

For the first day in December, we made gingerbread cookies (we were kind of sad that the girls have outgrown calling them "ginger-baby-mans").  The kids LOVED this, as you can see from Isaac's face.

We used this recipe and I was really happy with how it turned out. 


Meghan said...

Sounds like a great way to grab hold of the Christmas season and enjoy every day. And I'm glad you have a mixture of big and little, so you can feel excited when a big one comes along, rather than just exhausted. Did you have a picture of the final product?

Kayli said...

Isaac is


cute. Oh, those eyelashes!

Elise said...

Abigail looks SO grown up!!! can't wait to see you guys!

aLi said...

awesome, I just baked some gingerbread men cookies up last night. We decorated them today with some friends. They are soo good! I found my recipe from
Have fun with your paper chain! That is too cool. :)

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