Advent Activities 2012: Week One Wrap-Up

Each week,
not only do I hope to "wrap-up"
our homeschooling week,
I plan on summarizing our weekly
Advent Activities...

Here goes Week One's Fun...


let me "introduce" y'all to our...
...Advent Calendar.

I purchased this sweet felt calendar one
at Hobby Lobby
(I think)
at an after Christmas sale.

I have filled the pockets with different items
throughout the years.

Last year the pockets were filled with
countdown cards from
you can read more about our lovely experience with it
by looking through my
Christmas Countdown posts from last year.

This year the pockets are filled with...
...activities and ideas from Phil Vischer's

While the family goes through
this book together,
I have personally been reading through the
Good Morning Girls

As for our Advent wreath,
I needed to go "cheap,"
but I still wanted it to look cute,
so I headed tot he Dollar Tree with a mission...
I purchased four battery powered candles
and decorated them with Washi tape letters
to represent the different attributes discussed during advent:
Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy.

I then placed the candles... a Dollar Tree wreath.

There ya have it-
an advent wreath for $5-
Woot! Woot!


On Saturday morning,
December 1st,
the kiddos awoke to a
"Build Your Own Snowman" Breakfast
provided by...
They created doughnut snowmen with icing,
mini M&M's, and peppermint marshmallows
while Super Dad read
to them.

We then looked in the Advent Calendar,
which instructed Super Dad to read
and discuss how Jesus brought light
into the world.

To celebrate his light,
we finished decorating...
...our Christmas tree,
and spent the evening enjoying looking at the 
Christmas lights... Dollywood.


On Sunday evening,
under the guidance of 

...we "lit" our candle of Hope,
read some scriptures,
had soem discussion,
sang a song...
...and made Hope ornaments.

We jazzed up our Hope ornaments a bit... adding tissue paper squares to the back
of the "O" in Hope.

That way the Christmas lights can shine through
the ornaments... remind us how Christ brought the light
of Hope into the world.
(I love the details Jungle Girl added to her Hope ornament-
she is such a creative girl!)  :0)


On Tuesday,
we answered the question,
"Why do we call it Christmas?"...
...with the help of Buck Denver and his friends.

The kiddos also made their own advent wreathes...
...with the help of Catholic Icing's tutorial.

Other Advent inspired activities we have 
completed during week one 

*Looking for our Elf Chess everyday,
and seeing what mischief
he has gotten himself into

*Watching the movie Elf

*Making Christmas Cards for our friends

*Taking Peppermint Mocha Coffee
and Sugar Cookie Pop Tarts
to a favorite friend

*Completing some gingerbread inspired
homeschool learning activities during 


My hope and prayer for myself
and my family is that throughout all our
holiday inspired fun
we will remember the reason for the season,
and keep our hearts focused on the Savior's birth...

Luke 2:10-11

 But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord."


  1. Awesome! Love the light shining behind the Hope ornaments - very cute! Very Super Mom this week - wait, I mean "Wonder Mom"! ~ Theresa

  2. We have a combined school week and advent week wrap-up, too. Looks like you had a great advent week! I like the Hope decorations, too.

  3. I can't wait to do the snowmen for breakfast. Great idea. I do like the HOPE (all the pictures) with the light behind it. THank you for sharing. Great job!!! Melinda