192. Counting down

Hands down, this has been the most awesome Christmastime, and it’s only beginning.  My five year old has been unbelievably excited about EVERYTHING Christmas related, from our nativity sets, to the lights, to Elvis (our elf on the shelf), to making decorations and now to our activity Advent Calendar.  This kid’s spirit is positively infectious.

This year, rather than going only with our traditional advent calendar (usually a one dollar treat from Trader Joe’s with a piece of chocolate for each day), I opted to add an activity based Advent calendar.  It was a quick and simple DIY that turned out quite nicely, I must say.  My oldest found several small broken branches in the yard, we put them in a jar, tied a ribbon around the jar and hung little tags from the branches.



It’s been so much fun thus far!  The kids have been so excited to see what the newest activity will be.

Christmas Activities

  • Send Christmas cards to soldiers
  • Watch Elf
  • Make a peppermint serving dish
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Make coffee filter snowflakes
  • Read The Night Before Christmas
  • Listen and dance to Christmas cookies
  • Read about the nativity
  • Go ice skating
  • Make a Christmas craft
  • Watch Frosty the Snowman and drink hot cocoa with marshmallows
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Make a handprint reindeer
  • Bake cinnamon ornaments
  • Make a birdseed feeder out of pinecones
  • Buy one new Christmas ornament per person
  • Visit Santa at Bass Pro
  • Watch Charlie Brown and make Christmas popcorn
  • Make a teacher gift
  • Drive and look at Christmas lights
  • Make Christmas pancakes
  • Watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  • Make cookies for Santa

2 thoughts on “192. Counting down

  1. I am sooo impressed . I read about someone else doing this active style of calender, liked the idea and then panicked about thinking of enough activities. Well done to you for managing it – you are a far better person than I!

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