We made our annual Jesse tree in preparation for advent by tracing Elizabeth in a vague tree shape onto paper and then painting it. "Oh yay, yay, yay!" said Elizabeth "Painting's my faborit"
The magnets are a little less magnetic than last year - I blame baby version Elizabeth crumpling them. Come to think of it - toddler version Elizabeth doesn't exactly hold them flat either. Maybe we should use stickers next year.
I wasn't organized enough to get all the stories in advance, but we wrapped the ones we do have and Elizabeth is taking great glee in unwrapping a present almost every day. It helps her resist the real presents already sitting under the tree, though she still counts them and makes sure the ones for her are all accounted for!
Elizabeth lights our advent candles every morning at breakfast, almost entirely by herself (we operate the lighter!). Mommy is strongly reminded of Great Grandpa H's crooked mouth story when Elizabeth blows out the candles. Daddy has been working on teaching her "proper mouth formation" and actually she's improved enormously.