Read something today that said this, “Dads, during the holidays your main goal is not to give gifts, it’s to make memories.” After hearing this I started thinking what am I going to do to make great memories for my family this year? So I started thinking and looking around and decided that I was going to make a custom family advent calendar. The picture above is the near final product, we still need to put the numbers on the front. To make it I got little match box’s emptied the matches, wrapped them in christmas wrapping paper, put velcro on them and put all of them onto a picture frame. Everything was cheap and easy to do. Every day leading up to christmas we will pull out a piece of paper that tells us what to do… Here is the list that Stefani and I came up with…
Day 1-Make a ring chain to count down the days to Christmas.
Day 2-Make snowflakes and hang them in the window.
Day 3-Make a Christmas List.
Day 4-Make Christmas cards that on one side have art made from kids.
Day 5-Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn.
Day 6-Make Christmas cookies, while eating them read Luke 1:1-32.
Day 7-Buy a new Christmas book at the bookstore, and read it together.
Day 8-Take pictures individually, and as a family wearing a santa hat.
Day 9-Make a Christmas color meal… Red, Green, & White.
Day 10-Skype with grandma & grandpa.
Day 11-Everyone in the family make an ornament.
Day 12-Make apple cider and read Luke 1:33-66.
Day 13-Buy and wrap a gift and drop it off at a donation center.
Day 14-Everyone open a present early.
Day 15-Have a family pajama party with board games
Day 16-Make Christmas door handle hangers
Day 17-Make peppermint bark
Day 18-Make hot chocolate and stir it with candy canes, read Luke 1:67-80
Day 19-Drive around looking at Christmas lights
Day 20-Make a list of 20 things your family is thankful for and hang it where everyone can see.
Day 21-Go out for a Christmas treat
Day 22-Sing Christmas songs by the tree
Day 23-Dress up in Christmas colors and take silly family photos
Day 24-Make eggnog latte’s and read Luke 2
Day 25-Take Family pictures in front of the tree.
I encourage any dads that are reading this to be the leader, and lead. Lead your family into making memories this holiday season because it’s over before you know it.