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This is our first year with a Christmas advent calendar because I plan to hold Santa coming over my kids’ heads for every single day in December and a visual reminder works best, ya know?! KIDDING. But seriously, I loved counting down the days until Christmas every year as a kid and my kids are old enough to kind of “get it” this year.
We need absolutely no more junk/trinkets/toys/treats in our house, so the idea of filling each day with a tiny toy or piece of candy was completely unappealing to me. Instead, I’m going to fill each day with a fun Christmas activity. But nothing crazy like this gem: “Visit a local farm and talk about what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph to have a baby in a stable.” – seriously, that was on another website as an advent activity. #nothanks, not really trying to explain unmedicated labor in a manger to my 4 year old.
Here’s a list of easy, simple, non-annoying Christmas advent calendar activities you’ll actually want to do:
- cut down/pick out/put up a Christmas tree
- hang an ornament on the tree
- write a letter to santa
- make paper snowflakes
- look at old Christmas pictures from years past
- water the tree
- hang holiday window clings
- turn on the Christmas lights
- wear new christmas pjs
- choose a toy to donate to a child in need
- go through the pantry and choose food to donate
- get pics with santa
- drink hot cocoa
- sing a christmas carol
- watch a christmas movie
- wear santa hats at dinner
- decorate a gingerbread house
- go see christmas lights
- wrap a present
- make cookies
- make an “Elf yourself” video
- listen to Christmas music
- make “reindeer food”
- read T’was The Night Before Christmas
- enjoy the day with your family!
What are your favorite Christmas activities to do with kids?
Here are some of my favorite Christmas Advent Calendars:
And a little advent calendar activities printable so all you have to do is print and cut and stuff in your advent calendar :).
Or just pin it for later: