Last year we began a tradition for Advent, where instead of unwrapping bits of sub-par chocolate to countdown to Christmas, we DID things instead... seasonal things, Christmas-sy things, religious things, special things, crafty things, things we'd do anyway to anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It was sooo fun! It wasn't perfect. We got sick and had to skip some things or alter them. Sometimes one parent took the older two kids to do things while the other stayed home with the sleeping 1 year-old. But it went well enough to do it again. It really helped me celebrate and make memories with my kids instead of getting paralyzed by how much there was to do.
I'm pleased with myself that I've got this year's activities all ready to go for December first!