The kids always look forward to our different Advent traditions which we start on December 1st. Every morning the kids get to either
Turn on the Christmas tree lights:
Light the Advent candles (this is the first year we've done this one):
Pick a sock and eat the candy inside (this is our new favorite):
Put a nativity character on the calendar:
Or wait with Pella:
I knew waiting a day would be hard to do, but I think it's important to learn to wait patiently and be happy for others and we can't learn it unless we practice, so I purposefully only made up four activities.
After everyone does their morning activity, we all gather on the couch for our Advent devotions and the child that lit the candles gets to blow them out before we pray for our day.
A little later there's always the chocolate calendars from Grandma and Grandpa that everyone gets to enjoy.
I love how these different things make December special and add extra excitement to counting down the days to celebrate Jesus' birthday!