A Little Christmas... Advent Calendars and Advent Activities!

I love advent calendars.  I love Christmas.  I found this lovely post about some really beautiful advent calendars, and this precious post about some amazing ideas to put in the advent pockets and make some magic memories.

Go Ice Skating
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life, make spiced cider.
Exchange gifts
Make Christmas Cookies for friends.
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
Address and Mail Christmas Cards
Go to Borders and Pick out one new Christmas CD.
Go to The Nutcracker
Handel’s Messiah Sing Along
Leave out wooden shoes on December 5
Make Thick Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallows
Host a Christmas Sweater Party
Put up a ribbon sash for Christmas cards
Donate canned goods
Give neighbors a present
Put up a wreath
Make a Gingerbread house
Make a popcorn garland
Make hot chocolate and read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Sing (or listen) to favorite Christmas songs
Drive around to see neighborhood lights
Go out and see public light display
Open a gift (new stocking or pajamas or pillowcase)
Make a family traditional dessert
Eat out at a festive restaurant
Go to a seasonal movie
Tell stories of childhood Christmas around the fire
Have a romantic candlelit dinner by the Christmas tree
Make decorative sugar cookies
Sign up to purchase gifts for a needy child
Host a Christmas dessert party
Write out a Christ-centered goal to start early for the New Year
Have a movie party (classic Christmas clips)
Go to a Christmas Concert
Attend City tree lighting event
Have a full traditional breakfast while listening to Christmas music

Enjoy these fun ideas!  I sure did.  Merry Christmas!


Shelley said...

We are doing this for the first time this year. My kids (5 and 7) are loving it! They are so excited to open the little doors every day, and even something as simple as "Make paper snowflakes" has them squealing with excitement. This will definitely make a repeat appearance!

Rita said...

Since my kids were small (they're now 12), we've opened the calendar after dinner. Inside are treats and a slip of paper with a conversation starter. For example:
What's the best present you ever gave?
What's your favorite Christmas song?
What one thing do you want to make sure we do for the holidays this year?
If you could give anything to anyone, who would you choose and what would you give?

I've changed them as the kids have gotten older. We always have one "appreciation night" for each member of the family. On that night, the others say what they appreciate about the person whose night it is, and that person gets a small gift. This has been their favorite part of the advent calendar.

This has been a nice way to help my kids see what we value about the holidays, without saying it directly.


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