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25 Challenges of Christmas – advent calendar style

I sent my family an “advent day” calendar (a little late because I put the wrong amount of postage on it) that challenged them to do an activity that was Christmas oriented everyday. Here’s the list:

  1. go out of your way–bring a friend coffee today
  2. make a “give list” instead of a list of gifts you’d like
  3. make Christmas cookies today and eat at least 2 with a large glass of milk and give a plate to a stranger.
  4. tell someone you love them
  5. make a tree decoration and hang it on your tree (or save it until you put up your tree)
  6. try to be as kind as possible to others today
  7. do a good deed anonymously
  8. make goals for yourself– seal a copy in an envelope to be opened in a year
  9. visit someone sick or lonely or sad
  10.  make a special meal and surprise a friend by inviting them over or taking it to their house (wrap up the leftovers and give them to the next homeless person you see driving home).
  11. take 2 cans from your pantry and donate it at one of the many canned goods donation places (Safeway, Albertsons, etc).
  12.  do volunteer work for some worthy cause
  13.  take a picture that reminds you of christmas
  14. try not to quarrel with family members today
  15.  play your favorite Christmas song really loud while dancing around the house and singing
  16.  phone or send a card to an old friend or family member
  17.  drink a glass of egg nog
  18.  donate 5 dollars to your favorite charity
  19.  look at christmas lights…
  20.  say Merry Christmas to at least 10 times to strangers today
  21.  do something nice for someone without their knowing it was you
  22. be the first to say hello to people all day
  23.  ask someone to tell you about a past Christmas
  24.  read the night before christmas

I was hoping to get some cool pics from everyone – but I haven’t really been sharing mine either so I decided I should change that and post some pics of the #3 challenge we did last week – Christmas cookies!! ‘Tis the season right?

Dee eating the dough once it was made

Dee eating the dough once it was made - essential Christmas chore

Making the royal frosting

Getting ready to decorate

Nate and Dee "marbling" the cookies

Dee wasn't great at the marbling mainly because she was eating the frosting by sticking her tooth pick into it over and over

Not bad for her first christmas cookies! Our neighbors enjoyed their plate too!

If you want to get super fancy (which I’ll probably do next year) you could put the little slips of paper into a homemade advent day calendar like this one


One Response

  1. […] should go read about our Christmas cookie baking @ tumblewee.com.  Dee had a blast eating and stirring the dough and coating the cookies with flour when we rolled […]

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