The last couple of years I documented every day of our advent activities but I've found this year I just simply don't have the time! Instead I've decided to just record some of our favourite crafts and activities.
On the first day of December L started off her advent calendar with a bang. I was super excited to finally be able to take her to the Nutcracker Ballet this year. I've wanted to take her for ages but it was just way too expensive for us. This year a local dance school put on the whole production with professional dancers in the lead rolls. It was spectacular and also fit our budget. L didn't move for the whole thing and her eyes were glued to the stage taking it all in! A definite early highlight.
We've also been crafting up a storm. I wanted to make special ornaments for L and Baby J this year and found this adorable one for Baby J on the website Atelier Pippilotta. She makes the cutest things! I just love how it turned out. So soft and gentle yet still masculine. Perfect for baby's first Christmas.
We've also been making a ton of these cute felt Christmas trees. I found the idea from on Julia Crossland Art. She uses thick felt but we just used cheap felt from the Dollar store and double up each color. Now that L has learnt to sew they make the perfect presents for teachers and family from her. We have a little Christmas tree assembly line going!
Our Christmas nature scene. This year we decided to add some gnomes and some cute little wooden penguins that Santa brought me last year. L's favourite part is skating the skater around the tin foil pond and making marks on the "ice".
Another advent activity was to make some Christmas art for Baby J's room. We recycled the black and white star canvases and painted them with red and green. L did the red one and I did the green one. We just glued colored strips of construction paper onto the canvass and then put some jewel sticker on for ornaments. I love how simple yet effective they are. I found the idea on Pintrest somewhere but I'm afraid the reference got lost in the Pintrest black hole! If this was your original idea please let me know and I will credit you!!
L also received How The Grinch Stole Christmas one day for her advent calendar and she loves it. She loves having different people read it to her and reading it herself!
Another advent activity was to decorate the gnome home for Christmas this year. I will have pictures soon!