If someone could tell me how we are one week away from December, I would greatly appreciate it.
Despite November being a time suck, I am excited for the Christmas season. With December 1 also comes our 25 Days of Christmas Activity Advent Calendar. Years ago when I began this tradition thanks to Andrea from A Peek Inside The Fishbowl, I didn’t expect it to become one of our most anticipated traditions each season.
The kids are already talking about December 1 and the fact that it means that they write their letter to Santa that day – because that’s our usual kick off for the calendar.
I try to update the activities each year as my kids age, and also as I find new and fun activities. See any that you like for your calendar? Use them! And have fun. (And note – inevitably, our plans change along the way because of weather, or illness etc. So yes, I end up having to swap the activities around and they sometimes end up out of order.)
2013 25 Days of Christmas Activity Calendar
1- Write a Letter to Santa
2- Make Hot Chocolate
3- Sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
4- Have a Teddy Bear Holiday picnic!
5- Make paper snow flakes
Decorate the house! Movie Date! (note – I’m bumping up my house decorating 😉
7- Decorate a Wreath!
8- Play Christmas hide and seek
9- Shop for and donate to Toy Mountain
10- Select 2 older toys to donate to charity
11- Decorate a Christmas tree (notes: I’ve used cardboard in the past, felt would work too)
12- Sing Jingle Bells!
13- Dessert for supper, supper for dessert!
14- Play guess the ornament on the Christmas tree
15- Tour the Christmas lights in the neighbourhood
16- Make a paper chain garland
17- Bring snow in from outside to play. Put it in the freezer. Read the book ‘Snow’
18- Sing Frosty the Snowman
19- Bake Christmas cookies – gift them to friends
20- Special dinner out to celebrate Christmas break!
21- Make a Gingerbread house
22- Christmas PJ Day!! Stay in pjs, watch Christmas shows and cuddle
23- Check out Upper Canada Village lights
24- Open one Christmas present (as chosen by mom and dad)
25- It’s Christmas day! Remember your family loves you and we wish you the best Christmas ever