Advent: Looking Forward to His Birth

by rachel on December 1, 2010

in 2010-2011,Preschool

Yay!  The kidlets are finally back from their two-week stay with their grandmother.  If you follow my personal blog, you might have gathered from a post (here and there) that I missed them.

REALLY missed them.

As the days passed, I looked forward to seeing their little faces, their blue and green eyes . . . their brown curls that refuse to be tamed.

I put up the Christmas tree and decor by myself, imagining how excited and high-pitched their squeals would be when they walked through the door and saw our home transformed into a Christmas Wonderland.

Anticipating.  Excited.  Eager to experience their arrival.

Sunday, I realized I have the chance to help them feel those same emotions about Christmas Day.

Advent — the period covering the four Sundays prior to Christmas — is going to be our focus through out the month of December . . . not just the presents and stockings of Christmas day.

Even though I think Santa Claus and Rudolph are fun (and we will be making crafts around those more secular aspects of the Holiday season), I want my kidlets to look forward to the celebration of Christ’s birth . . . to watch breathlessly as the story of Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Bethlehem, and the Angels unfolds.

With that motivation, I am brainstorming and bookmarking a myriad of Christmas Themed activities. . . can’t WAIT to get started — especially with our Advent activities, which I’ll be sharing tomorrow.

What type of projects and/or learning activities are you looking forward to doing with your kidlets this season?

Leave a link if you’ve already posted something on your own blog — I’d love a few more ideas!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

kelly polizzi December 1, 2010 at 12:37 am

One idea that I have seen floating around on the net is an advent calender with projects and ideas inside the little windows instead of chocolate. Maybe even a scripture verse with the projects. Such as God says the greatest gift is love. Tell someone you love them today. Or play a game with Mommy …. watch a movie … etc

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rachel December 1, 2010 at 12:46 am

I’ve seen those too and really like the idea. I saw one that used something like a vertical tackle box and had a different item (each representing a different element of the Holidays) and activity in each compartment. I think I’d like to do something like that next year. . . if I can remember!

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Bones June 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

This article aicheved exactly what I wanted it to achieve.

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Laila @OnlyLaila December 1, 2010 at 12:38 am

Thanks for posting this, I am curious to see what activities you have planned! This would be the first year that I will be doing anything for Christmas with my son (long story!).

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Maureen December 1, 2010 at 1:24 am

We’re going to be doing CHRISTmas tot school/preschool in December. I have several activities/printables on my blog. Here are a couple of direct links to specific posts:
Preparation:
http://www.spelloutloud.com/2010/11/christmas-tot-school-more-preparation.html
Printables:
http://www.spelloutloud.com/2010/11/free-christmas-printables-and-downloads.html
Nativity Sensory/I Spy box:
http://www.spelloutloud.com/2010/11/christmas-tot-activities-nativity-box.html

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