Category Archives: December Daily 2010

December Daily Sneak Peek

Several people have asked me how the December Daily project is going…so I thought that I’d give you a sneak peek to a couple of days.

Day 1 Advent Action – Buy a new ornament for our family tree.

Every year the day after Thanksgiving we go and pick out our Christmas tree.  We spend all weekend decorating the house.  This year while putting the lights on we found a bird’s nest (I’d like to think that’s a good omen).  Our new ornaments are a D and an M.

Day 2 Advent Action – Play in the snow

This year for our Christmas card, I had the great idea to dress the kids in their Christmas Eve jammies, take them outside, and take their picture while throwing snow at them and watching them laugh.  Davy loved trying to catch the snow, Matty was more interested in throwing the snow or running around the Golf Course.  :O)

Day 3 Advent Action – Finish making ornaments with mom

Each year mom and I make Christmas ornaments.  We’ve made Angels, Bears, Elves, Snowmen, Penguins, and this year decorative balls.  It took us three days to complete them.  Each one is different and unique.

Day 5 Advent Action – Make some special cookies for your teachers to say Thank you.

Davy made Oatmeal Scotchies.

Day 8 Advent Action – Did you find where the Elf is hiding?

This is our Elf.  He first appeared the morning after Thanksgiving bringing the boys a new pair of pj’s and the Polar Express.  The boys have been so good that each morning he returns to a new spot to be found and sometimes he even brings books and candy.  Today he flew in on his very own sleigh.  Can’t wait to see where he will be next.  On the next page is the Elf on the Shelf story.

Day 12 Advent Action – Go visit Santa tonight

After waiting in line for an hour and a half at Citrus Park Mall, we finally go to see Santa.  Davy was a little overwhelmed and forgot to ask for his big gift; however he did ask for a bucket, a calendar, and a new hat.

Leave a comment

Filed under December Daily 2010

2010 Advent Action Cards

The other night my friend Johanna was over with her family and we got into an interesting conversation about holidays.  Earlier in the week Davy asked me, “why don’t we celebrate Hanukkah?” and Jamison had asked her, “well if Davy doesn’t celebrate Hanukkah, then what does he celebrate?”  Which led to me asking her, “why are there 8 days in Hanukkah?” and she asked, “what is the purpose of Advent?”…like I said, an interesting conversation….  :O)

Nearly 2,200 years ago, the Greek-Syrian ruler Antiochus IV tried to force Greek culture upon peoples in his territory. Jews in Judea – now Israel- were forbidden their most important religious practices as well as study of the Torah. Although vastly outnumbered, religious Jews in the region took up arms to protect their community and their religion. Led by Mattathias the Hasmonean, and later his son Judah the Maccabee, the rebel armies became known as the Maccabees.  After three years of fighting, in the year 3597, or about 165 B.C.E., the Maccabees victoriously reclaimed the temple on Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah. Next they prepared the temple for rededication — in Hebrew, Hanukkah means “dedication.” In the temple they found only enough purified oil to kindle the temple light for a single day. But miraculously, the light continued to burn for eight days. The menorah symbolizes the burning light in the temple, as well as marking the eight days of the Hanukkah festival. Some say it also celebrates the light of freedom won by the Maccabees for the Jewish people.

Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”) is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, called Levavi. The Eastern churches’ equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs both in length and observances and does not begin the church year, which starts instead on September 1.  The progression of the season may be marked with an Advent calendar, a practice introduced by German Lutherans. At least in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist calendars, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25, the Sunday from November 27 to December 3 inclusive.  An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas.  Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming of Christ. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ’s return.

As we all know, the Advent calendar has been over commercialized; so in our house this year we decided to make Advent action cards to count down the 25 days to Christmas.  Some of them are for friends or neighbors, some are for family, some are for the holidays, and some are for fun…  But together as a family we are picking out an action each day and making memories along the way.

Here are a few of the cards:

  • Cook dinner for your neighbor
  • Go play in the snow
  • Did you find where the Elf is hiding?
  • Have a wonderful time at your birthday party
  • Buy a gift for the Children’s home
  • Finish making ornaments with mom
  • Throw a party to eat, drink, and be merry
  • Go look at Christmas lights and drink hot cocoa
  • Make a wish when you blow out your candle
  • Go and buy a new ornament for our tree
  • Write a list of 10 things you are thankful for and share it with Grandma
  • Go visit Santa tonight
  • Read the story of the birth of baby Jesus
  • Help mama mail out the Christmas cards
  • Put together a scrapbook for the 2010 holidays
  • Light a candle and say a prayer for a loved one far away
  • Make some special cookies for your teachers to say “thank you”

Leave a comment

Filed under December Daily 2010

December Daily 2010

I am so very excited to start this new tradition of creating a small keepsake scrapbook for the month of December.  Kelly who has been a huge fan of Ali Edwards for quite some time now decided for us that this was a must do project.  Now, Ali has made one of these each December for the last couple of years and I love the idea of making it a tradition to unpack them from the holiday totes, sit down with Andy and the kids, and flip through each year to see all of the fun things that we did on a day to day basis during the holiday’s. 

My December Daily book this year will contain the fun stuff that we do each day as well as Advent Action cards.  I am stealing some of her ideas because I just can’t help myself…I love them!  I will do a separate post on these later, but in the mean time here are the daily pockets that I have been making…

I do believe that most people will stop at day 25, Christmas Day… we however love the entire month of December so I will be doing all 31.  Stay tuned and be on the look out for my day to day pages…they will be perfect for us!

Check out her website….if you love to be crafty like me, you will love her projects!  Ali Edwards and her December Daily Project

Leave a comment

Filed under Carothers Family, Christmas Traditions, December Daily 2010