Day 233: Parade {Adventivities!}

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Kit pulling day one.

As you may recall, Kit and I have been doing adventivities (advent activities) since December first. I thought about doing a daily blog but that seemed to just add more pressure and stress to the whole ordeal.

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Kit got off work later than we expected, but somehow we still managed to eat dinner and make the parade with an extra 15 minutes.

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There were lots of trucks and I was shocked to discover not many tractors. Just one rolling by my count and it was pulling a float. I really loved this lit cherry picker.

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People dressed in character costumes kinda freak me out. I quickly snapped this (crappy) picture of the Grinch and then dove into hiding behind Kit. The gut on this Grinch was especially creepy.

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The theme for the parade was Butterflies for Maddie. This is a charity started locally becuase of a little girl that was afflicted with a rare vascular disease. These motorized wings on trucks were particularly cool.

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I can’t quite remember which business claimed this Spongebob and rooster float. I believe it might have been the Zaxby’s.

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Structurally, this float was most impressive. Maybe not directly related to Christmas. This is the high school drama club’s float of a school I grew up closest too.

I’m shocked they could do something this elaborate. The school isn’t in a county anyone would classify as ‘rich’. Good for you HCHS.

After the parade we met up with a friend of mine and we had hot cocoa. This has been the only parade in recent years that I haven’t had to thaw out for several hours afterwords. An awesome beginning to our adventivities.

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Kat’s 24 Days of Christmas {FOR KIDS!}

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Need some adventivity ideas for adults?

I created 24 Days of Adventivities for my sister’s kids. They range from ages 5-12 years old, so for I while I struggled to find things they could do at home without help (or lots of help) from a grownup.

Also, they don’t live closeby so I tried to find things I could send in the mail. My intent was that if they needed glue or scissors for the craft then my gifts would be all inclusive. They won’t have to run around the house finding items.

Note, this is not one of those 101 lists where they claim to have entirely different ideas each day. There are some repeats and the difficulty level is pretty easy.My littles happen to enjoy movies, are good readers and are developing/perfecting fine motor skills.

I give you the list and all her links:

1. Xmas coloring pages and crayons (Check crayola.com).
2. Make bird feeders from TP rolls.
3. Santa’s Train sticker activity (Oriental Trading).
4. Color and give Xmas cards (print a page half size landscape and fold over palate).
5. Dance party and sing-a-long (enclosed music CD and lyrics).

6. Fold, cut, unfold and hang paper snowflakes.
7. Read a book! (We found cheap books at TJ Maxx but I recommend libraries first).
8. Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn (libraries and the $5 bin at Walmart are good resources).
9. Call grandparents and sing them a carol.
10. Make and hang paper chains.

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11. Santa’s workshop sticker scene (From OT).
12. Read a Christmas book (library, half priced/used bookstores, TJ Maxx, Big Lots).
13. Puzzles (Dollar Tree!).
14. Make a Story Game (Directions coming soon! Here is my printable link).
15. Hot chocolate and candy canes! (Dollar tree!).

16. Make a thankful-for list, do something nice for someone else (help with chores, clean up, smile at people–Thankful list form).
17. Color and give magnets as gifts (Similar to OT’s ornaments).
18. Write a letter to Santa and make a wish list (Letter and list links).
19. Nativity sticker scene (Also from OT).
20. Memory with Xmas pictures (printable easy matching. There are harder ones out there).

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21. Cut and glue snowman (source).
22. Movie day with popcorn!
23. Read an Xmas book (Smell book).
24. Create a nativity scene with playdough. (Cheap dollar tree tubs of playdough).

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I tried to keep things simple but my Christmas packages left the house in a large and one medium sized flat rate box.
I wish I could see their little faces when they open them up. **ecstatic auntie!**

Do you have good ideas for kids activities leading up to Christmas?

If you have questions or ideas, please share!!!

Kat’s 24 Days of Christmas

I have been so excited to share this and I have forced myself not to post about my Christmas project until after Thanksgiving.
I know some people that were decorating trees a week before Turkey Day. Tsk tsk.

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What is an advent calendar? Essentially a countdown to Christmas. Usually this is done by opening small token or gifts.
There is chocolate advents, nativity figurines (one per day), or passages from scripture.

Recently it has become very widely popular to do activities as a family. I have coined the term (unless you care to challenge me!!) ADVENTIVITY.

Here is the KitKat Team’s 2012 Christmas Adventivity List

1. Go to local Christmas parade
2. Begin reading Visions of Sugar Plums (Evanovich) and writing Xmas cards.
3. Shop for soldier care package.
4. Drive to visit bro/sis and see holiday choral pops.
5. Decorate outside.

6. Buy and decorate tree.
7. Bake cookies and give to neighbors.
8. Finish writing and mailing Xmas cards.
9. Watch Xmas movie and eat popcorn.
10. String popcorn and cranberries (add to tree).

11. Lexington Horse Park Lights display.
12. Angel tree shopping.
13. Take family photos.
14. Collect and kiss under mistletoe.
15. Read more of book.

16. Make an acorn cap Christmas ornament. (Will post this craft)
17. Drive thru park Christmas lights display in Drown.
18. Make a happy Bacon ornament. (Simply Adorable!)
19. Go people watching at the mall.
20. Ice skating. (Our first time!)

21. Aquarium with friends (cashing in our wedding gift).
22. Bake cookies and eat them!
23. Watch an Xmas movie and eat popcorn.
24. Read Xmas story in the book of Luke.

Some things to keep in mind whilst planning:
Unless you’re doing this alone get your partner or family involved.

This helped me avoid activities that Kit dislikes->drinking hot chocolate. It will also get your family pumped up about doing activities. Depending on their maturity level allow children to plan too.
Perhaps have them make a list of their favorite things to do around Christmas then do your best to incorporate their ideas.

-Be realistic.

In a perfect world Kit would win the lottery on the 3rd of December and by the 5th we would be flying to Greece.
Seriously, don’t overload your schedule so that you dread starting the next activity. Keep it relatively easy to accomplish and keep it limited to a couple of hours maximum.

Don’t lose sight of your goal!

I know it’s a bit cheesy. When making your adventivity list think up a general goal. At the end of 24 days I want…
To have helped somebody else.
To have FUN.
To try something new.
To get into the Christmas spirit.
And for us to spend quality time together.

If putting baby JC back into the holiday then make that a goal and organize your events thusly.

Be flexible.
Get the creative juices flowing by copying a list that has already be made. Don’t be afraid to cut or add to the list to better fit your family or goals.
If something comes up and you have to reschedule an event don’t get down. Try to put it off to the next week when conditions are more favorable. Keep in mind this is supposed to be fun. And if you’re tearing your hair out then you need to reassess your approach.

I planned activities around our work. Knowing we’ll be more tired on certain days means we have really easy events on those days.

–Final thing to keep in mind. Share your ideas! I struggled and waded through tons of horribly designed municipal websites and pins about Christmas to find fun stuff within our budget.
If we keep sharing our fun lists then maybe it can be easier for those of us not so creative.

Next, I will share how I displayed my adventivity. There were so many ideas to choose from!