12.01.2008

Advent Calendar To Dos

My family is very familiar with the Advent calendar -- especially the ones with chocolate in them. Each day a new door with a different piece of chocolate. This year we're trying something new. I want the kids to know this season is about doing things. So for each day they open a door we'll have a Christmas activity to do together:

Make a gingerbread house
Make Christmas cookies for a friend
Sing some traditional Christmas carols
Read a Christmas classic
Do something nice for someone we don’t know
Look at Christmas lights
Bring food to someone who needs it.
Decorate the house with decorations
Decorate the Christmas tree
Go see The Nutcracker
Attend a Christmas event
Make popcorn garland.
Read the Christmas story.
Make hot chocolate.
Celebrate St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6)
Celebrate St. Lucia Day (Dec. 13)
Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows
Go ice skating
Watch a Christmas movie
Unwrap/open a present
Make a paper chain
Hang lights up in the house
Family game night
Buy a toy for a child who doesn’t have one.

2 comments:

Allison said...

I love the advent calendar idea! We're big advent calendar people here too. My mom makes calendars for the kids to open a small present each day. It's a fun way to celebrate the season. Love your twist on the idea!

BananaBlueberry said...

That is awesome !!!!!!!!

We're doing that, except without the advent calendar-
no Christmas in our house until the morning of Dec. 19th- the morning after my son's 5th birthday...
oh you know you'll be seeing a post about it :)