Awesome Advent: How to create an advent calendar of things to do this Christmas
Every year I put together a little homemade advent calendar, some years are more extravagant than others depending on how much time I have and others are put together with some small brown envelopes, string and a little creativity. Either way, it’s become a tradition in our household and is something we really enjoy doing, plus its a great alternative or addition to the traditional chocolate advents.
I also find that our homemade advent also doubles up as a calendar of events and things I want us to do as a family in the run-up to Christmas. For example, I know the kids love to bake gingerbread and we usually always make a trip to Winter Wonderland to ice skate, so why not keep the dates of these a surprise and let your children find out what fun activity they have planned each morning? Don’t worry, some of my suggestions are also incredibly frugal as I find there has to be a balance as well as encouraging children to give a little bit back with some acts of kindness and thoughtfulness to others.
So here are 30 fun festive suggestions to put into your own homemade advent calendars. They're in no particular order and the great thing about a homemade advent is that you can customise them to suit your own family!
30 advent calendar adventures:
- Visit a local Christmas fair
- Enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate
- Post your letter to Santa
- Make homemade mince pies
- Craft some paper chains or homemade decorations
- Donate some treats to a food bank
- Make some homemade Christmas Cards
- Read a festive story together as a family
- Visit Winter Wonderland
- Watch Polar Express or Elf (or both)
- Listen to Christmas Carols
- Give a toy to someone in need
- Buy a tree and decorate it (or go and pick a real Christmas tree!)
- Make and decorate gingerbread
- Visit your local Christmas light display one evening
- Make a festive bird feeder to help keep the birds happy this winter
- Make reindeer food
- Go on a wintery walk and try spot some Elves
- Go to see a Panto or Christmas Theatre show
- Make some fudge to give as Christmas presents
- Hang up some mistletoe and wait for a kiss
- Read The Snowman and Snowdog
- Make paper snowflakes
- Write a Christmas wish and hang it on your tree
- Put on some Christmas music and have a silly dance party
- Have a go at making a wreath
- Enjoy a family games night
- Have a surprise visit to your grandparents
- Spend the day wearing silly Christmas jumpers
- Visit Santa in a grotto
Another idea is to alternate a classic chocolate or small gift with these activity ideas, just pick your favourite 15! What you want to aim to do is keep the run-up to Christmas exciting and family focused, so these activities are all something that the whole family can get involved with.
Let us know your ideas for an active advent calendar in a comment below, or be sure to check out even more Christmas inspiration on our blog.
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