Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Traditions: Advent Calendar Activities - The 2015 Edition!

Smitten Holiday Advent Calendar Mittens

I'm pretty excited about this year's Advent Calendar Activities. This will be our third year doing something holiday focused everyday leading up to Christmas. I love celebrating the season with Molly and Maggie this way. Sometimes we even let Scott take part.


November 27: Decorate the House for Christmas  
November 28: Visit Santa Claus for Santa Photos
November 29: Make a Gingerbread House 
November 30: Visit Swanson's Nursery to see the Reindeer
December 1: Visit the Bellevue Botanical Garden Christmas Lights 
December 2: Make Ornaments 
December 3: Make Holiday Cards for our Teachers
December 4: Visit the Sheraton Gingerbread Village
December 5: Make Christmas Cookies for the neighbors
December 6: See The Nutcracker
December 7: Make a Paper Garland for the Tree
December 8: Make Christmas Cards for Grandparents 
December 9: Paint Sparkly Nails and watch a Christmas Movie
December 10: Celebrate Grandpa Burgess on his birthday by visiting his niche
December 11: Play Gingerbread Factory with Homemade Play dough 
December 12: Do the Greenlake Pathway of Lights
December 13: Have a Hot Coco and Olympic Manor Christmas Lights Party
December 14: Drink Hot Cocoa at a coffee shop
December 15: Write a letter to Santa Claus
December16:  Drive Candy Cane Lane to look at Christmas Lights 
December 17: Read Twas the Night Before Christmas
December 18: Donate a gift to someone in need through a Giving Tree
December 19: Take pictures of Christmas Tree Lights with Mommy's Camera & Sing Happy Birthday to Mommy
December 20: Do the WildLights at the Zoo!
December 21: Sing/Play Christmas Music & Celebrate Maggie's Birthday
December 22: Donate food to families in need
December 23: Buy Christmas Cookies for Santa at Larsen's Bakery
December 24: Attend Christmas Eve Church Service

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Prep!

My favorite holiday is a week away and I am heavy into prep mode! I've made my list, sorted my recipes and placed my grocery delivery order. Next week, I start cooking while my family gets ready to feast.

While preparing my recipes, I asked a few of my favorite Seattle bloggers for their favorite Thanksgiving recipes and then wrote about it for Seattle Refined. I've incorporated a bunch of these recipes into my plans. I'm also excited that I don't have any stories due to anyone next week. I'm taking a week off!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? What will you be making? I'd love to hear what will be on your Thanksgiving Day table.

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