Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas (From Wikipedia: Advent)
We began our celebration of Advent by following the activities on Hubbard's Cupboard. These are great free resources for preschoolers to prepare them Christmas. There is an activity each day for the month of December that is focused on the birth of Christ.
One of our 12 Days of Christmas books coincided well with the start of Advent. Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate is the story of the animals in the stable preparing for the arrival of Mary and Joseph and eventually the Christ Child. In the story, a cow asks repeatedly, Who is coming to our house? and is answered by a squeaking mouse, "Someone, someone." The other animals busy themselves with making room for their guest and cleaning the stable. The reader is not told who is coming but is given "clues". The goose lines a manger with eider; the owl looks out at a bright star and a distant Mary and Joseph. The rhyming text and the repetitive questions makes this a wonderful choice for toddlers and preschoolers.
Our first activity for advent focused on announcements and anticipation. We talked about how angels in the Christmas story foretold good news. Then we made an angel cinnamon snack.
To make your own, you'll need 2 flour tortillas, butter, and cinnamon and sugar.
I cut one round tortilla into a triangle- cone shape. The two leftover pieces were used for the angels wings. I then cut a small circle for the angel's head out of another tortilla. If you make yours smaller,you could probably get all of the pieces out of one tortilla.
We spread butter on the tortilla, sprinkled on cinnamon sugar, baked at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Logan added a face out of icing- but I think our tortilla was too hot because it turned liquid!
She was a sweet Christmas angel-- probably not accurate to the angel Gabriel, but a cute Christmas angel.
Reading Confetti and Ready. Set. Read! are teaming up for the 12 Days of Christmas to provide you with books and crafts/activities to go with some of our favorite Christmas books. Here are our posts so far.
Footprint Christmas Trees and Baby's First Christmas
Christmas Tree Puzzle and The Twelve Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora
Easy Christmas Tree Lid Craft and Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Paper Punch Christmas Trees and Mr. Willowby's Christmas Trees
Blessings Tree and The Littlest Angel
Button Wreath and Deck the Halls
Olive and Rudolph Game and Olive, the Other Reindeer
One Shining Star Christmas Counting Book and Easy Luminaries
Strawberry Cheesecake Santa Hats and Are you Grumpy Santa?
You can also find all of our books and crafts on my 12 Days of Christmas Pinterest Board.