In addition to having Jelfie with us from December 1st through Christmas, the kids also countdown with an Advent calendar. Inside each numbered door is a note with an activity for the day to help us prepare for and celebrate the holiday. Some examples may include having hot cocoa or Smores for dessert, wrapping gifts, making cards, holiday crafts, good deeds and/or special outings. When possible, the Advent calendar corresponds to Jelfie's antics for the day but not always.
One day we left for school early and went to Starbucks for breakfast. We also paid for whatever the car behind us ordered in an attempt to start a pay it forward. I love the idea of doing a kind deed for a stranger.
Another day we gathered up some canned and boxed food items and participated in Jake's Cub Scout food drive to help those in need. We also celebrated the holidays with his pack complete with food, crafts and a gingerbread Polar Express. Jake and the other scouts were also recognized for the achievements they have done thus far. I love our Scout family!:
One day I took the kids shopping for gifts for dad and we finished the trip off by visiting the newly reopened yogurt shop. Oh boy, how we have missed having frozen yogurt available in town:
There were also a few special outings that had nothing to do with the holiday but were super fun nonetheless. I was able to chaperon Jake's 4th grade field trip to the Palm Springs Air Museum where Jake impressed the docents with his natural ability on the flight simulator:
And Joe and I had an impromptu weekday date night when both kids went to the school-wide AR party for having met their Accelerated Reading goal for the trimester (they got to watch a movie and have pizza, popcorn and cupcakes):
However, with all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, some of our favorite nights were when we were able to snuggle up on the couch and watch holiday movies and TV specials. There was a lot of this:
And I can't think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit.