Spirit of the Season: Alternative Christmas Advent Calendar

Alternative Christmas Advent Calendar: Spirit of the Season

Hey all!

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.

  1. Mail Christmas Cards
  2. Do a Christmas craft
  3. Go Skating
  4. Collect toys to donate
  5. Make hot cocoa
  6. Make cookies to bring to the police station
  7. Build a snowman
  8. Family game night with a new game to play
  9. Make snowflakes to decorate the house
  10. Visit Santa
  11. Watch the Christmas parade
  12. Popcorn and movie night with a new Christmas movie
  13. Go sledding
  14. Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
  15. Make gifts for teachers
  16. A new Christmas book
  17. Make salt dough ornaments
  18. Make a gingerbread house
  19. Donate cans to the food drive
  20. Pay it forward-Find a way to do something nice for someone
  21. Bring Christmas baking to the neighbours
  22. Make Santa pancakes
  23. Sing and dance to Christmas songs
  24. 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?

With love,



Alternative Christmas Calendar: Spirit of the Season

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18 Replies to “Spirit of the Season: Alternative Christmas Advent Calendar”

  1. This is a great idea of things to do leading up to Christmas. It should get the whole family involved while getting things accomplished. Thank you for posting it.

    1. Thanks so much Roy! I’m glad you like it!

  2. I have been doing mindful advents for the last five years and my kids look forward to it every year. We crafted our own calendar from felt and have little pockets going all the way up a tree for each day. I have had them write what each should be though for the last two years and then I divvy them out through the days with our schedule in mind.

    1. I love the idea of the kids writing what they want, Michelle! Hopefully we can do something like that when mine are older. Thanks!

  3. This is a wonderful idea! Everything on this list would get anyone in the Christmas spirit!

    1. Thank you Samantha! I can’t wait!

  4. Love this calendar! Some great memories will be had completing this list!

    1. Thanks Esther! I think so too!

  5. I love your theme this year for Christmas, A group of friends every year started taking kids to pack christmas boxes for children in need and volunteering for dinner lines. Volunteering is a great way to pay it and nice way to teach kids the gift of giving. Family time is also important, love playing board games and such

    1. I love that idea! We like to do as much giving back as possible with our kids too!

  6. What a fun idea! Love that this takes on a proactive approach. Great ideas!

    1. Thank you Patricia!

  7. I love this idea so much! What a great way to celebrate the season!

    1. Thanks so much Laura!

  8. When I have kids I am definitely incorporating your advent Calendar! I love how it’s all about making memories and giving back.

    1. Thank you Sarah! I’m so glad you like it!

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