25 Days of Christmas Activities 2016

Santa Visit 2015
Christmas is coming!  I absolutely love this time of year.  I can’t wait to make the most of this season with my family, however I have found if I don’t plan for it – my good intentions don’t always happen.  Last year a friend (Thanks Krystal) shared this awesome idea to take an advent calendar and fill it with an activity for each day.  It took about 2 days for my kids to realize there were fun activities waiting for them and they would run downstairs every morning to see what we do that day. 

Here’s our list of 25 simple ideas to do daily in no particular order…
  1. Make Christmas cookies
  2. Leave a treat for the Mailman in the mailbox
  3. Deliver Chex mix to neighbors
  4. Go get hot cocoa/coffee in PJs and drive around to see Christmas lights
  5. Visit Santa
  6. Go to Jolly Holiday Lights ( a drive thru holiday light display)
  7. Read Christmas books by only the light of the Xmas tree
  8. Read the nativity story in your bible
  9. Leave your shoes out for St. Nicholas (night of December 5th)
  10. Make Jesus’s birthday cake
  11. Decorate gingerbread houses
  12. Ride Santa train at the mall
  13. Have a Christmas music dance party
  14. Watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  15. Retell the nativity story with the little people
  16. Make Christmas ornaments for Grandma/Nana
  17. Celebrate with our small group at a family Christmas Party
  18. Perform in the Church Christmas Program
  19. Take treats to the neighbors
  20. Sing Christmas carols by the piano and drink hot cocoa 
  21. Stuff &Take our Christmas cards to the mailbox
  22. Today find one toy/books you no longer need to donate
  23. Tonight have a dinner picnic by the tree
  24. Go on the Polar Express
  25. Read the nativity story in daddy’s bible & Go to Christmas Eve Service

I keep it very simple.  I print them out, cut them into strips and stuff into certain days in my little felt Advent calendar (Similar to this).   I do look at the calendar to make sure we can accomplish the activity on that day.  Some activities are pre-planned with reservations like a trip on the Polar Express (we go on this one).  Others are flexible and smaller in nature for a busy school night.  

A trip to Starbucks in our jammies and Driving around to see Christmas Lights
Decorating Cookies…

You can be as creative as you want.  Check out what’s available in your area, are there horse drawn carriage rides, main street festivals, or other things you can make a point to visit with your family?  

This year, we also blocked out 2 weekend nights for family time in our December calendar.  I want to enjoy the season with my family, they are only little once and there is no shortage of things to fill your calendar!

 What ideas do you have? 

Make sure to check out, why we do bucket lists here!

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko
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