Advent List 2015

Hello, dear ones! I hope you are well. Tonight I’m sharing our Advent list with pictures from last year.  You see, the Christmas season is more than one day and it’s not all about presents. The whole season reminds us that we have joy, hope, and love because Jesus came to earth to save us. Every beautiful and good thing comes from Christ. We are so blessed to have these moments as a family, but we would not even be a family if God had not transformed our lives. Jesus put my grandparents on the straight and narrow. He kept their family together and it influenced my parents. My parents may not have stayed together, but God drew their hearts back to him and that brought me to the Lord. I fell in love with my husband in church. Every moment points back to a baby in a manger who grew up to be the High King, the savior of the world!

So before we begin, here’s a picture of our Advent tree. Each day Michael takes a slip of paper out of a drawer and it has a special activity for the day. Sometimes it’s a treat and other times it’s an act of service. We begin on December 1st and end on Christmas day.

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Advent 2015

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1. Donate/Pack a shoebox & watch Rudolph
Here’s our chalkboard door 🙂
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2. Mix cookies, watch the Grinch, and play pin the heart on the Grinch
3. Reindeer T-s at our homeschool group. Bake Cookies. Read a book.

My friend Melina taught our homeschool group about reindeer and then the kids made shirts using their footprints.

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4. Decorate cookies at a friend’s house. It’s so nice to be able to take a break in the middle of the school day to visit a friend.

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5. Christmas parade & Live Nativity/take cookies to people

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It was freezing, but the live nativity was worth it.

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6. Olivia’s musical & make out cards

Our best friends’ daughter & son, that I often mention on this blog, had a sweet Christmas program. Usually, our schedules conflict and we don’t get to see each other’s shows.

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7. Take cards to Bingo at the Nursing Home. Dance class.

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Our dance instructor was amazing. He was blind but super talented. Michael and I had a hard time keeping up. We learned the Tango and Salsa I believe. Michael was a sport to go with me, but we were both out of our element. I’m not used to dancing with a partner. Well, we’ll always remember the experience.

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8. Hot cocoa & lights. Read book.

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9. Acts of Kindness
10. ________ caroling with our homeschool group

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11. Decorating Chris’ Desk
It’s always fun for the kids to eat lunch with their Dad. We used to decorate his office but at Chris’ new job we just get to decorate his desk.

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12. Sunday School party & take Christmas pics

The Hubby and I had some sweet and goofy moments under the arch at our Sunday School party.

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Michael hung out with the babysitter but then he played a few tunes for the adults.

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We took pictures for our Christmas cards at my mom’s house.

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13. Hannah’s musical & put cards together
My best friend had a big part in her musical, so I had to go.

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14. Christmas shop & wrapping gifts

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I can’t do this every year, but last year Michael chose gifts from things I had already bought. I call it Mom’s Christmas Shop. I was inspired by my Mema (grandma). She bought gifts throughout the year and kept them under her bed. My cousin and I could “shop” from it for gifts for our parents. Mema’s gifts, however, were much nicer than my selection!

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15. Nursing Home Concert
Leeland played the Baby Jesus. Michael and I did a dance to Mary Did You Know? that was lovely. A couple families from our homeschool group joined us in singing. It was my first time playing Christmas songs for a large group to sing along with.

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16. Mail gifts and cards. Read.
17. Home School Group party

Hannah reading a Christmas book.
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Michael playing a game with one of his best buddies.

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18. Christmas Pizzas!

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19. Decorate a gingerbread house. Watch Christmas movie & read a book.

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Remember the Gingerbread play set I made?

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You can find that post here:

Life with Baby 2015: Gingerbread Play Set & 8 month pictures

20. Matinee movie
21. Christmas at Nana’s

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22. Family game night: Christmas style

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We played things like Christmas charades.
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23. Mall
24. Christmas Eve! Open one gift, slumber party, & Read the nativity.

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Opening our one gift.

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Our Jesse Tree shines one last night. It symbolizes the story of Jesus and his family tree.

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The glow of Christmas Eve and our bags packed to travel.

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25. Christmas! Watch the nativity & drive to our hometown.

Christmas morning!
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So then we drove almost five hours to visit our family.

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We visited all three sets of my grandparents. Little did I know it’d be my Grandpa Way’s last Christmas :'(. We also visited Chris’ parents and one of his brothers.
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We decorated my Mema’s tree. It was her poodle Ginger’s last Christmas.

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Ginger is the little one.

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I also try to make a wreath for my Dad’s grave each year. He is buried next to my Papa. So it’s really in memory of them both.

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

More Advent posts:

http://amberdover.com/category/holidays/christmasadvent/

Christmas Crafts from 2015:

Christmas Crafts 2015

Winter Art from 2015

Winter Scene in the Style of Grandma Moses 2015

PS: Stay tuned for the rest of my Advent & Jesse Tree posts for this year!

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