With all the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, traveling, and attending parties during the Christmas season, the little special moments sometimes get lost in the whirlwind. To prevent missing our favorite things about the holidays, I created this advent calendar to remind us to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy all the special, traditional things we wanted to participate in this December. My favorite part is that each person can make this to fit their ideas and the activities on the calendar are easily changeable from year to year as new traditions enter into your family holidays. Have kids? What a great way to show them different and fun Christmas adventures each day instead of just opening presents on December 25th.
1. Gather your supplies (card-stock, thick 2″ ribbon, thin 1/2″ ribbon, scissors, markers, stencils, tape/glue). Cut each 12×12 piece of card-stock into three equal 4″ wide pieces until you have 25 total (one for each day).
Advent Activities I Used:
- Watch “Christmas Carol”
- Decorate the Christmas Tree
- Host a Holiday Party
- Download and Listen to Christmas Music
- Send Christmas Cards
- Make a new Christmas decoration
- Play a game and drink apple cider
- Visit the Christkindlmarket
- Watch “Four Christmases”
- Relax with a good book
- Wrap Presents
- Decorate Gingerbread Houses
- Ice Skate
- Take pictures with Santa
- Angel Tree Presents
- See the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
- Watch “A Christmas Story”
- Bake cookies
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Kiss under the mistletoe
- Watch “Elf”
- Play Outside (Sled, Build a Snowman, etc)
- Give a Surprise Gift
- Leave Santa cookies
- Merry Christmas
– Instead of punching holes and using ribbon, attach the cards with clothespins.
– Instead of using ribbon to hold the cards, use a metal ring. Then you could display only the appropriate date and place it behind the rest when you complete it.
– Cut your card-stock smaller to avoid having to draw and decorate or take up as much space
I’m definitely looking forward to adding in new activities as we have kids in the future (no, I’m not pregnant)! What are some things you and your family love to do during this holiday season?