So we aren't religious, but we do the entire advent thing.
This year we are going to be making an advent ring with clay, evergreens and lightening a beeswax candle per night up until Christmas, along with our advent calendar. I try to spice up what the kids "get" each time they peek in their calendar, and I thought we could share ides. I try to do some smaller little gifts, along with crafts and holiday experiences.
Oh man do I love Christmas
Some ideas I had thus far:
The first day (December 1) presenting the kids with a wooden Santa set that includes some wooden christmas trees, Santa himself, a reindeer and a snowman for the nature table *to be used for years to come..*
After that some ideas I had are:
Making fake snow and busting out some of our "polar" creatures for sensory play
Driving to see Christmas lights
Spending a day making homemade ornaments (cinnamon dough, beeswax etc)
Stringing dried cranberry and popcorn
Red/green paper chains
Going to the Living Historical farm for an ole' fashioned Christmas
Having our own Christmas party with friends
Having a homemade Christmas swap with friends
Make gifts for people (this is going to be salves, homemade drinks etc)
And I have to keep thinking! What are your ideas? And what other traditions do you have for advent or the holiday season in general?