Advent List + the FUTURE of print (amazing.)

I’ve had a handful of emails asking what kinds of activities I’ve assigned to my little activity Advent on a ring thing.


Here’s my list:

  1. Decorate the Christmas tree.
  2. Drink milk or cocoa + Christmas creamer & read a story
  3. Go to the Liberty Lake Tree Lighting  (Polar Express is on TV @8:30) TONIGHT!
  4. (Find) Christmas pillow cases. Pillows + Popcorn (Movie Night: Watch Olive, The Other Reindeer)
  5. Trey + Taft to Annette’s Christmas watercolor workshop @10:00 (mom + others finish decorating)
  6. Make gift tags (with stickers from Walmart) and help mom with cards.
  7. Play Christmas trivia (from Walmart) for FHE
  8. Read stack of favorite Christmas books (while sucking on a Candy Cane)
  9. Watch ABC family (Santa Claus in Coming to Town @8:00)
  10. Decorate the kitchen tree (Doodlebug tree — here’s the LINK)
  11. Take silly Santa hat pictures + ENT Christmas party
  12. Lunch at the mall and a matinee (Blind Side or Fantastic Mr. Fox?)
  13. Ping pong tournament with prizes (Adkins coming to dinner)
  14. Decorate a gingerbread house after school with the Walters (Take to some friends)
  15. Go to Taft’s concert (and stop for a DQ)
  16. (Costco) d/o food drive + DING. DONG. DITCH.
  17. Scribbles dessert night w/ Addie + Opening night of the play
  18. Go see Clark + Trey in the A Rented Christmas
  19. Go to the PLAY (matinee) and go shopping.
  20. Decorate cookies with the Oviatts
  21. Neighborhood cookie party!
  22. Wrap and deliver secret Santa
  23. Deliver neighbor gifts + spray snow on windows
  24. Celebrate Christmas Eve with Gummersalls (caroling at the hospital + nativity)

Some of these are special and kind of involved (I’m baking a real gingerbread house) and others, like shopping at Costco for the food drive or taking pictures in our Santa hats take less planning — I like to mix things up.

A friend on Twitter said that her kids were very underwhelmed with the Dec. 1st activity. My response — kids are so used to being overstimulated and entertained — too bad. My kids try to complain too on some of the more ‘mundane’ days. I tell them “Are you kidding me? Last time I checked I wasn’t wearing a cruise director name tag — I am your mom, who loves you very much, but guess what? Things are just about as FUN as you decide to make them. Generally some version of this oft-repeated speech pulls them out of their entitled funk and we move on to a more  pleasant place.

OK, about the future. You have to watch this video. Kayla (genius behind Digiscrap101 and my digital trainer for Library of Memories) sent me the link.

Living Magazine Cover & Spread – Outside Magazine from Alexx Henry on Vimeo.

Imagine “print” possibilities in our children’s world!

Here’s the cover of Esquire (75th anniversary issue, back in 2008)




  1. kat-in-texas says:

    My family loves Olive the Other Reindeer!!! ha.

  2. wow. the Outside print vimeo was so cool. Thank you Stacy!

  3. Melanie Briscoe says:

    WOW! The idea of paper thin moving images in print is awesome! It will revolutionize scrapbooking– Not to mention further the cause of truly “simple scrapbooking” because who needs a ton of paper crafting to accent a page when the image acutally moves! WOW! THanks for sharing Stacy!

  4. Thanks so much for your advent list! I’m always looking for new ideas for our advent actitvities schedule. This is our 5th year to do something every day of December leading up to Christmas, and the couple years before that, we were more unstructured, but did things.

    I’ll be posting a link to this post on my FB update this afternoon for all my friends who were asking for a list of possible activities.

  5. I think it would be a long time before video was practical for SB for power issues, but oh how things would change. It would lend itself to a time when our kids or grandkids might say “Pictures didn’t always move. Wasn’t that weird?” or they would encourage themselves by saying “if grandma could do without this, so can I.” What an interesting idea though.

  6. Stacy, Thanks so much for writing about children being overstimulated. I’m the Twitter friend you mentioned and we looked through the advent photo book that you did a little while ago on your blog. The kids looked through it, but quickly wanted to get back to watching TV. They didn’t really share any memories of Christmases past or anything. However, last night at dinner we were talking about Christmas eve and my 8 year old was telling my 2.5 year old all the different traditions we do every year. She was really excited, so I grabbed the advent book and just wrote down what she was saying. So, it was more about waiting for the right moment than anything. Thanks for all your great ideas and your willingness to share.

  7. The Living Art video was amazing! It’s also a little scary – I’m so 20th century sometimes! Thanks for sharing! I am also enjoying the photo advent book I made after reading about it on your blog. It was so easy, and is really fun!

  8. Nicky Brown says:

    Olive, the other Reindeer is a fave of ours too! My daughter requested it as the book she takes to school during her “student of the week”. In conjunction…I am going into her classroom to help the kids make a reindeer craft and sending a reindeer snack on a different day.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas with us! I’m going to keep that “cruise director” line handy. Thanks for that, too! :) Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas!

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