Last week, I posted about my ideas for celebrating advent with children in a fun, meaningful way (that’s still totally do-able). This year, my family is aiming to read the Christmas story each day of advent and do a simple ornament craft as we follow along with the Truth in the Tinsel e-book. We’re also hoping to do one special Christmas-y activity each day, whether it’s as simple as listening to Christmas music or as special as going to see Christmas lights in our pajamas.
Today, I’m going to share with y’all my list of what we plan to do for our special advent activities. You can see how I made my actual advent calendars here. I’m writing each day’s activities on post-it notes on the back of my calendar so I can swap ideas out as needed and the calendar will be reusable next year.
Almost all of these are free and require little-to-no planning on my part, which I’m hoping means they’ll actually happen!
For days when we can’t actually do what I have planned, I have three easy ideas on hand to substitute. (We’ll probably end up doing each of these a few times!):
- Have a sock “snowball” fight
- Listen to Christmas music
- Read a Christmas book
I’m already so grateful we took the time to come up with these ideas at MOPS last week. It’s helping me to be more intentional about planning fun than I normally am.
Our family had a blast last weekend at a Christmas parade/festival (that even included free carriage rides!) and caroling around a bonfire with friends from church. Most of our other activities will be much less time-intense or things I want to get done this month anyway, but hopefully just as much fun!
Here’s my (tentative) plan for advent:
- Christmas parade
- Caroling with church
- Sing at RUF
- Watch the Veggie Tales St. Nicholas movie (Santa doesn’t visit our house, but this is a great video that focuses on the story of the historical St. Nicholas… and it’s conveniently on Amazon Instant Video since I forgot to get it until today!)
- Make cards for teachers
- Take gifts & cards to teachers
- Make a card for our Compassion child
- Get a Christmas tree & decorate it
- Get gifts for Angel Tree children
- Finish Christmas shopping
- Decorate a gingerbread house or make pinecone glitter ornaments
- James Island Christmas Lights
- Pajama dance party in front of the Christmas tree
- Goose Creek Christmas hayride to see the lights
- Make salt dough ornaments for Truth in the Tinsel
- Give Christmas cookies to friends
- Drive to see the Christmas lights in our pajamas
- Picnic dinner in front of the Christmas tree
- Donate food to a food bank
- Play Candy Land
- Drink apple cider and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas“
- Drive through manger scene
- Make cinnamon-applesauce ornaments for Truth in the Tinsel
- Go to church & open Christmas pajamas
My hope is that these activities will help me be intentional to have fun family time this month as we get excited to celebrate Jesus’ birthday in a few weeks. I’d love to hear any ideas you have to add to the list!