Monday, December 1, 2008

Advent Calendar Activities

Tonight was the first night of filling/opening the advent calendar. The children were really excited and eager to open it. As soon as Bryce was home they were ready!

I've put a bit more effort into it this year and have decided to make it a combination of activities, treats and showing kindness to others. This list is, of course, subject to change and not necessarily in the correct order. If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know!

1. Introduce the Elf on the Shelf
2. Drink hot chocolate and watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer together
3. Christmas t-shirts
4. Make a big batch of hot chocolate with peppermints
5. Go to the lighting of the tree
6. Tickets to see a Christmas show at a local theater
7. Each child pick an angel off of the tree at church and then go shopping for that child
8. Make Christmas boxes for cousins
9. Write letters to Santa and mail them
10. Sing carols together
11. Buy canned goods for a local organization
12. Put on pajamas and go tour the town to look at Christmas lights
13. Make popcorn and watch a Christmas movie
14. The Nutcracker ballet puppets
15. Make Christmas gifts
16. Make Christmas cards and take them to the nursing home
17. Make peppermint ice cream
18. Go into the city
19. Pieces of Christmas candy
20. Sit by the fire and read the Christmas story
21. Make cookies to give to friends
22. A fun after school activity (to be determined)
23. Make a birthday cake for Jesus
24. Christmas pajamas


  1. Okay - I am officially inspired! This year I bought an advent calendar for the of those things I've wanted to do for some time! I actually got it at Jazams that night of the sale! It has games and pieces of a nativity they will get each day. But I love the idea of adding fun family outings and traditions and opportunities to give! I'm definitely incorporating that! One tradition we have is making a gingerbread house. Nothing fancy...but I'll add that for a day. Don't know if you do that with the kids, but even the kits they sell at the market are great fun. Thanks for sharing you awesome ideas!

  2. What neat ideas. I love how you incorporated doing for others and spending time together as advent gifts.



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