It’s officially the Christmas season and I’m thrilled! Christmas is my favorite time of the year, there is something really magical about it all and I soak up as much of it as possible. My love of Christmas has already started to trickle down to the kids, making it even more fun than before!
One of the most important things for me about Christmas is being able to enjoy it all. I don’t want to spend the month of December frantically trying to shop for the perfect gifts or waiting in line at crowded stores. Instead, I want it filled with the sweet smells of baking, the sounds of Christmas carols and the laughter that inevitably follows.
It’s easy to see how kids can become wrapped up in the gift getting aspect of it all, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t want them to have fun with it. Watching the kids run to the Christmas tree in the morning to see what gifts were left for them is one of the best moments.
I just don’t want them to forget about everything else.
It is also just as easy for adults to forget about the true spirit of Christmas and why we celebrate each year. So to help our family keep Jesus at the center of our Christmas festivities, I created a homemade Advent Calendar with a different Christmas activity each day. Some are just for fun, others are random acts of kindness and a few are practical.
My hope is that you will find some inspiration in our list to use with your own family. They are great ways to spend time together, keeping Christ in Christmas. Almost all are simple, low-prep activities that do not have to cost a lot of money.
Our Advent Calendar
December 1 – Start the Jesse Tree
December 2 – Take hot chocolate to the Salvation Army volunteers
December 3 – Take annual picture with Santa
December 4 – Buy a toy for Toys For Tots
December 5 – Make ornaments for the tree
December 6 – Read “The Gift of the Magi”
December 7 – Donate food to the local food pantry
December 8 – Make an edible Christmas craft for a snack
December 9 – Make Thank You cards for our Librarians
December 10 – Make hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie
December 11 – Play Christmas BINGO
December 12 – Bring Christmas cookies to Church
December 13 – Make Christmas cards
December 14 – Send a hug in the mail to a relative who lives far away
December 15 – Make paper snowflakes and homemade snow
December 16 – Leave a treat for the mailman
December 17 – Drive around to look at Christmas lights
December 18 – Bake Christmas cookies
December 19 – Make gifts for Aunts and Uncles
December 20 – Make gifts for extended family
December 21 – Deliver gifts to the neighbors
December 22 – Sing Christmas Carols together
December 23 – Read The Nativity Story
December 24 – Visit nursing home to hand out cards