I decided to hang the whole thing up this year, and I hung it on the wall in our kitchen/dining room. Last year it was up on the back of my kitchen cabinets and it was too high for E to notice all the time. Now it's right at eye level. And to keep track of which day we are on (and to show E how many days we have left until Christmas when she asks for the 47th time today) I hot glued a red pom pom to another clothespin.
A lot of our activities are the same as last year, but we have some new ones, too! Yesterday we made our own Christmas tree ornaments - a tradition from my family growing up that I was excited to share with E. We got bundled up and went to a parade in the dark; all the floats were decorated in lights! We have a couple of Christmas crafts coming up as well. I got a beeswax candle kit and one of our crafts will be to make the white Christmas candle for our Advent wreath.
We are doing a Jesse tree this year as well. I am really liking reading scripture together as a family after dinner each night, and E is excited to hang the ornaments on our little tree.