O has been learning to embroider at school (and occasionally at home), so she is very interested in sewing now. We had fun taking turns threading the pom poms onto the thread. We are both very happy with our garland!
Here is the garland with some of my favorite ornaments.
Our tree is only 4 feet tall...it's a hand-me down, it's fake, its pre-lit with colored lights, and we love it! Almost all of our ornaments are either handmade or bought while on vacation, so they have stories behind them. It was so much fun to decorate the tree, and tell O and E the stories behind the ornaments as we decorated.
I'm not sure if our pom pom garland is going to survive Miss E...she's determined to pull it off and eat it! She calls the pom poms "ball, ball," and she's determined to get them. She was also determined to help us make the garland, so I let her string a few pom poms on the thread...she does not like to be left out of any activity!
Our first advent activity was setting up our Nativity scene. We never actually set it up...
I'm really looking forward to our daily advent activities. I'm going to try to relate the activities to the specific Christmas books that we read each day, but I haven't gotten everything organized yet.
Here's a list of some of our planned activities (in no particular order):
set up nativity
make and drink hot chocolate
watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
make beaded candy cane ornaments
make beaded stars and Christmas trees
make painted gifts for grandparents
cut paper snowflakes
make chocolate and sugar cookie playdough (to play with and to give as handmade gifts)
make and decorate sugar cookies
decorate a gingerbread cottage
go see the lights at the zoo
go see our beautiful ballerina (O) perform in the Nutcracker Ballet
donate toys to Toys for Tots
I have a list of almost 30 activities, but I don't have it with me. After meeting on 38 kids at work today, my brain is tired and I can't remember any more of the activities...I'll add the rest of the activities when I have a chance.