I had been invited again to participate in the Collectively Creative round up that Kelly over at Cobwebs, cupcakes and crayons is hosting! Lucky me 🙂 Now, for this one the theme was JOYFUL. Love that!
I’ve been thinking for awhile, pondering what I might do and the only idea that was coming back to my brains was a Xmas cushion with JOIE written with hand sewn sequins… But I wanted to make something that would include the kids.
And then I thought that every one love having joyful stuff happen to their selves, what about bringing it to others?? Isn’t what Christmas is all about after all? I wanted the monsters to experience giving joy to others. So here goes the Joy advent calendar!
I found that cute red truck at the local grocery store last year, and I was a good girl and waited ’til boxing day to buy it at half price!
and since we are getting this way too cool and even awesome handmade advent calendar from Germany each year (Hubby spent a year there in high school with a foster family and that beautiful and kind lady is making us this each year! I know, lucky! and it’s all Lindt chocolate… Yes, bragging is naughty!)
Why not use this cute truck for something else… like mission quests for the whole family!
So, on small piece of paper I handwritten some quests for the family to do the next day. I thought it would be great to talk about each other experiences at dinner time and see how other people felt about it too.
Here are some examples of quests:
- write something nice to your teacher
- help someone do a chores
- call grandma and grandpa and say that you love them
- bring cookies to the neighbors
- do something to help mommy (I know…!)
- make a nice supper for mommy (that will go on my Bday, and daddy will help!)
- make something nice for Rachel (her Bday is dec 23th, so..!)
- tell each family member something you like about them
- bring a surprise for your teacher
- write a letter to someone important for you
- sing a Xmas song to daddy
you get the idea. Not too difficult and not to much time needed for my kids to complete them.
So far the kids are having a great time and they can’t wait each night to know what they are gonna do for the next day… They wrote letters to some family members, nice notes to their teachers, gave food to the food collector, sang daddy a Xmas song (they thought of a set up to get ready as soon as daddy was walking in they start singing his favorite!). I feel it’s a great way to teach them something without doing a lecture lol! And bonus, they are having fun!
And since I wanted to give you joy too, I thought that you may like a giveaway!!!
Here’s what I’m giving away for you to enjoy:
A bit of the nice washi tapes I bought for myself 😉
A found a nice little piggy at the thrift store and turned him in a cute little pincushion.
I’m sure you all love chocolate!
Since it’s Xmas, I think a decoration is needed (from Pier 1)
To participate just leave a comment with your email 🙂 (one per person please!) open ’till dec 24th! and I’ll draw the winner on Xmas day!
Just click the links to go to see what awesome projects the other members of the collectivity have come up with!
Une petite idée de calendrier de l’avent différent… une mission pour chaque journée! Faire des choses agréables pour les autres, c’est aussi ça l’esprit de Noël! Donc, chaque jour apporte une nouvelle mission comme rendre service, écrire un mot à quelqu’un qu’on aime, préparer une surprise pour un professeur, préparer un bon souper pour la fête de maman…. vous voyez le genre…! Et puisque je veux que vous soyez heureux, je fais un tirage! juste laisser un commentaire avec votre adresse de courriel avant le 25 décembre! Passez un beau temps des fêtes!