Advent Activities

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.

advent for childrenToday, 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!

advent for children

Here’s my (tentative) plan for advent:

  1. Christmas parade
  2. Caroling with church
  3. Sing at RUF
  4. 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!)
  5. Make cards for teachers
  6. Take gifts & cards to teachers
  7. Make a card for our Compassion child
  8. Get a Christmas tree & decorate it
  9. Get gifts for Angel Tree children
  10. Finish Christmas shopping
  11. Decorate a gingerbread house or make pinecone glitter ornamentsadvent for children
  12. James Island Christmas Lights
  13. Pajama dance party in front of the Christmas tree
  14. Goose Creek Christmas hayride to see the lights
  15. Make salt dough ornaments for Truth in the Tinsel 
  16. Give Christmas cookies to friendsadvent activities
  17. Drive to see the Christmas lights in our pajamas
  18. Picnic dinner in front of the Christmas tree
  19. Donate food to a food bank
  20. Play Candy Land
  21. Drink apple cider and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas
  22. Drive through manger scene
  23. Make cinnamon-applesauce ornaments for Truth in the Tinsel
  24. 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!

I’m linking up to: At the Picket Fence, Life as Mom, and Shabby Nest.

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