the next twenty-four days

advent calendar
first day of advent
happy december the first! the time of anticipation is officially here. our new advent calendar (from this cute shop) is hung and slips of paper with festive activities are tucked into each pocket. this is a new tradition for us, but is sure to be a wonderful way to celebrate the season all month long. here are some of our favorites:

hang advent calendar and count down the days
place candles in the windows
address & mail christmas cards
set out shoes for st. nicholas (dec 5)
cut down a christmas tree & string with lights
visit 34th street & share a slice of pie at café hon
string cranberry popcorn garland
make and package treats, deliver to neighbors
take in the aromas of pine and balsam
wear pjs inside out in hopes for snow
make a merry mix of songs
sew festive pillow covers for the sofa
unpack and set up nativity scene
pick out a new ornament for our tree
hang mistletoe & kiss underneath
attend a christmas concert
sip eggnog & dance to holiday tunes
trim a mini tree for our bedroom
piece together a rustic, jolly entryway
keep warm in slippers & scarves
cuddle up for the annual showing of elf
hang wreaths & garland
fill a pretty bowl with clementines
wrap gifts in simple paper
start a morning with christmas tea & scones
donate canned goods to a food drive
get into the spirit with it's a wonderful life
take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood
sip hot chocolate by the fire
display christmas cards with clothespins on twine
pot an amaryllis and wait for its cheery bloom
hang stockings with care above the fireplace
deliver gifts to families in need
handmake paper tags for gifts
serve spaghetti hotdish & watch a christmas story
bake cookies & candies galore
bring out the wedding china for special meals
set out cookies & milk for santa (don't forget the carrots!)