Seasonal: Christmas Traditions - New and Old

Hi guys, and welcome back to my blog.

Do your family have any Christmasy traditions that you always do every year?

Mine have loads. One of them, my favourite, I am going to tell you about today. Basically, instead of a normal advent calendar, we have parcels with the date on, all mixed up in a chest. Every day of advent, we (me and my little brother, and sister now,) have to find the right parcel and open it. Inside will be a note, along with some sort of object. This object might be, hmm, in fact I'll give you an example. Maybe for the 1st, we might have a note saying watch a dvd with popcorn and it might include a dvd and popcorn. Actually that's not a great example. Or if the note said go and buy a Christmas tree it might include a bauble. That's better. But basically this gives a great build up to Christmas, like getting a present or activity everyday instead of the same small chocolate or sweet. You really should try it, we've been doing it for about 5/6 years now and it never gets boring!

However, not all advent ideas have to have been done for years to become tradition.

A few weeks ago, my dad came up with an idea of an advent challenger (he sometimes really annoys me with his puns!!! If you don't get the joke, you really don't want to.) This is where you hang 24 envelopes on a ribbon anywhere you want (mine are above my bed) with 24 different challenges inside. The only rule about this is that it must be either positive and encouraging, or will help someone else. Here are a few ideas to get you going;

  • Say thank you for something you've taken for granted;
  • Help with operation christmas child boxes;
  • Do some chores around the house;
  • Give the person you like the least a compliment.
Remember you can repeat some good ones if you want to. Also maybe put a chocolate coin in the envelopes, and only eat it if you complete your challenge?

If you come up with any of your own ideas, or want to share your own advent traditions, please let me know in the comments below.

That's all for now.
Young and Enquiring x


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