It is starting to feel a little more like Christmas over here. Winter has come and it looks like the snow is here to stay this time so we obviously had to start decorating our house. I’m feeling excited more than anything to experience this beautiful holiday with our girls and our families. Christmas through the eyes of children is just the best!
One of my favourite things to do at Christmas time is an Advent Calendar. I always loved getting to open something everyday leading up to December 25th! Growing up, we usually had the chocolate ones and we just loved them. Last year, I made a simple one for my oldest using toilet paper rolls in the shape of a Christmas tree, similar to this one. Each tube had something little inside, like organic candies, temporary tattoos, stickers, or play jewellery, for her to open everyday. It was so fun!
This year, I wanted to do something a little more experience oriented and a little less stuff oriented. I want the focus of this holiday to always be about family, love and togetherness and not just about the presents. I’ve seen several different ideas floating around the web-a new book each day, random acts of kindness, giving back, family….I kind of incorporated all of them into ours. So, this year our advent calendar is all about the spirit of the season. Each day the girls will open the correct number for that day and inside will be something that we will do as a family. There are many different types of calendars you can make or purchase (this and this one are so cute!) but I made a version of this one.
Alternative Advent Christmas Calendar: Spirit of the Season
You can pick different things that would work for your own family to do each day but here are some ideas of what we have on our calendar.
- Mail Christmas Cards
- Do a Christmas craft
- Go Skating
- Collect toys to donate
- Make hot cocoa
- Make cookies to bring to the police station
- Build a snowman
- Family game night with a new game to play
- Make snowflakes to decorate the house
- Visit Santa
- Watch the Christmas parade
- Popcorn and movie night with a new Christmas movie
- Go sledding
- Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
- Make gifts for teachers
- A new Christmas book
- Make salt dough ornaments
- Make a gingerbread house
- Donate cans to the food drive
- Pay it forward-Find a way to do something nice for someone
- Bring Christmas baking to the neighbours
- Make Santa pancakes
- Sing and dance to Christmas songs
- New Christmas PJ’s
I can’t wait for the girls to see this advent calendar and for our family to enjoy the different activities each day!
Are you doing an Christmas Calendar with your family? What else would you add to this list?
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