Inspirational and fun Christmas Advent Calendar for Kids

My two year old loves Curious George and on the Christmas episodic the man in the yellow hat makes a count down to Christmas for George. I instantly loved the idea, then while scrolling through Instagram I saw small shop mom boss Stephanie Hathaway post about her her freebie of Christmas flower themed advent calendar tags she designed. Stephanie is a fellow homeschool mom who creates these amazing lessons and bundles for your home. I recently bought her  Daily rhythm bundle and weather bundle to use for the  boys chore charts and morning lessons! Cant wait to share that with you soon.

Anyway Stephanie had an awesome idea that instead of a gift advent calendar she made more of an inspirational advent calendar using the beautiful cards she had made. She simply printed out the cards and on the back wrote something inspirational for her son on the back! So for our advent calendar I wanted to combine the gift calendar and non-gift calendar.

Here is what I came up with. 

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  1. I printed and cut out Stephanie’s cards that can found in her freebie section in the link below.

https://www.stephaniehathawaydesigns.com/freeprintables/christmas-advent-freebies

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2. I wrote an inspirational thing to say to my boys OR something Christmas themed for us to actually do! I took events from our printable Christmas bucket list! You can find that in this post.

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3. For the little baggy behind the card I just simply put a piece of chocolate for each of the boys inside and pinned it to some twine to hang on our wall!

4. I ended using some tiny ornaments and a gold star we had bought last year from Walmart for a little tree the boys decorated to hang with the calendar for a finishing look.

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So far this Advent Calendar is perfect for the boys to see how many days left till Christmas AND to see how much we love them and how proud we are of them each day.

Christmas Bucket List

The fall season is almost over, that means Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re like me you have already started decorating for the holidays and playing the most wonderful music ever. So this year I wan to do some of the extra Holiday / Winter type activities with the whole family so I made a list and printed it off to hang on our fridge. Each one we get to do I’ll have one the boys check it off!  I made this list printable for you all too! I’m going to update which things we check off over on our Instagram . Fingers crossed we get to do each one, but living in Florida the snow activities will be a challenge to complete.

Click on the link below to download our Christmas bucket list!

Christmas Bucket List

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DIY Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Hey Witches, Wizards, and Muggles! The world of Harry Potter is so magical, and what better time to make some magic then Christmas time? We had an extra old White Christmas tree from when we lived in our apartment a few years ago. Our main tree is Disney themed and I thought why not have a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree as well? I wanted to share with you how I made our “Pottertree!” It’s extremely easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  White Christmas Tree
  • Rust-oleum “Navy Blue” Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Marigold” (Yellow) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Claret Wine ” (Red) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum ” Hunter-Green” Spray paint
  • Protective gloves

*Tip: Whatever houses are going to be at the bottom make sure to get at least one more can of each.

Also, Don’t forget some awesome Harry Potter Christmas Tree ornaments and tree toppers to go with it!

Here’s What to Do:

Make sure to get the House colors, we used Ros-oleum, it was about $4 a can and you can get it at Walmart.  We matched as close as we could. Don’t forget depending on how large your tree is you may need more spray paint to cover the sections.

If your tree is pre-lit like ours, wrap each light with blue painters tape. Yes, it’s time-consuming.

Figure out the way to you want your House colors on the tree. Being a Hufflepuff I put Yellow on top, then green for my Husbands house (Slytherin) then Gryffindor, and last is Ravenclaw which is Blue.

Then separate the tree into four sections for each house.

My tip is, start spraying from the top then move down till you get to the bottom, section by section so that if the paint were to drip it could be covered up by the next color.

Let each section dry for at least 20 minutes in between.

After applying each color let it dry overnight just to make sure. Then pull off the painter’s tape if you had a pre-lit tree the next day and decorate! We found the cute doe at Walmart as well for $15!

That is basically it!  Decorate it however you like, we are going to be adding some handmade Potter ornaments and some House scarfs as well! We hope you enjoyed and make your own Harry Potter tree!

10 Classic Christmas books for the whole family to read

We love to read in my house. I’m constantly reading a book my self, and I try to read a story to the boys every night I can before bed, we have a huge bookshelf that my husband made in our dining room and It’s filling up with Children’s and Adult books. Now that It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida that means Christmas is right around the corner ( Because Florida is so great at this weather thing ) and I’m so excited because this is the first year we are homeschooling so we definitely can read all the Christmas books that I plan to finish but never get to them.  I wanted to make a list of some good Classic Christmas books that I read or want to read to the kids before Christmas gets here.

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Little Critter: Just a Snowman

“Snow is piled high and school is canceled. But before Little Critter can build his snowman, he must help his sister wear her snow boots, his dad shovel the sidewalk, and Gator build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?”

The Spirit of Christmas

“Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.”

The Gingerbread Man

After a daring escape from the oven, the Gingerbread Man is chased by a little boy, an old man and woman, a group of farmers, a bear, and a wolf – and he outruns them all! But will the clever fox outsmart the quick cookie?

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

“In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. ”

Polar Express

 

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere—even on Snoopy’s doghouse! Everyone is enjoying the holiday celebrations except Charlie Brown. Can the Peanuts gang help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?”

Arthur’s Christmas: An Arthur Adventure

“Arthur is taking his Christmas shopping for Santa very seriously. He wants his gift to be absolutely perfect, but with Christmas only days away he needs a little help from his sister, D.W., to make this holiday a success.”

The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book)

“Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, the poem “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.”

Miracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic

“For a little girl named Susan, Christmas could be any other day. She doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or magic or miracles of any kind. Then one day she meets Kriss Kringle. As she doubtfully tells him the gifts she most wishes for, deep down Susan finds herself hoping that just maybe, he is the real thing. Based on the original holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street is a heartwarming story about generosity, imagination, and the spirit of Christmas.”

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These are definitely the books we will be reading this year before Christmas. Are there any books, you would add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know what we should add to our list!

4 Easy Elf on The Shelf Ideas

That’s right its that time of year again where your great pal the Elf comes and tries to make your kids good again, have peace and quiet, and a clean house for the month of December. Personally I love this elf because it gives Bentley and I some us time in the morning trying to figure out what kind of shenanigans Buddy is up to that day ( Yes his name is Buddy )

Its Week one of Buddy adventures in the Wallace/Bindscheattel and He has obviously gotten into some trouble. I mean what kind of house do you think this is.. A nice one?

On his first day here he left Bentley a adorable little note to let him know to be a good little boy and that he’s here to watch him for Santa. If you’d like to Print the note I will leave the link here, it’s does cost $2.99.  Or if you are feelin crafty make up your own! I just went the easy route this year because I honestly could not think of anything to say for mine, and because it was 12 Am and I needed a letter pronto.

On Day 2 Buddy took a dip in our “Elf Hot Tub” which is just him sitting in our crock pot filled with marshmallows.


Day 3 he wanted to go to outer space! Wrapping the aluminum foil around him was a bit challenging.. I painted a nice backround on some card board for him to really think he was in space.

Day 4 Buddy dressed up as spider-man and hung from the roof! This was the biggest hit for my little superhero, and my big superhero.. I got the mask from here (which was a free printable). Excuse my horrible print job, we were running out of ink! 

Bentley has loved this years Elf’s adventures. We also did some super simple ideas like 

  • On top of the Christmas tree
  • Eating our Gingerbread house
  • Throwing toilet paper all over the house
  • Covering the tree in Bentley’s underwear (he loved that one)
  • Sitting and playing PS4/ watching a movie
  • Stowing away in our over night bag when went to my mothers for the weekend.
  • Eating some whip cream out of the fridge!

 

Over all this December has been a blast with Buddy the Elf! Hope some of these ideas come to your house! Happy Holidays!