This may be stretching the meaning of “handmade” just a little because you can’t really hand-make memories, but you can make plans for things that will help to make memories. For the last several years, we’ve made a point to do something to help make memories each day of Advent. A few Christmases ago, I sewed this quilted Advent calendar, and we use it to hold our planned activities for each day. Our kids get really excited about pulling out the activity and reading it each morning. We try to balance activities that focus on helping others, activities that remind us of the real meaning of Christmas and activities that are just fun! Here’s a little peek at a few of the things we’ve done so far this year:
We took our youngest four Christmas shopping for each other at Barnes & Noble. We picked up Starbucks hot cocoa and went for a drive to find our favorite Christmas light displays.
We went Christmas caroling and visited at an assisted living home with our homeschool group.We baked cookies . . . lots of cookies!
We did a little grocery shopping for a local food bank. We had a family game night. We watched the local Christmas light parade.What are some of your favorite ways to make memories during the Christmas season?