Nov
01

Advent Activities

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Earlier this week we talked about the importance of recognizing Christmas traditions within families.  I hope you’ve had time to write down the traditions you observe and try to keep every year.  I also hope you have calendared traditions (page 3 of the Christmas Holiday Planner) that need to be scheduled – you want to ensure the important things don’t get missed this year!

Now we’re going to spend the rest of the week concentrating on Advent Activities.

In my family, we like to countdown each day of December by doing something fun together.  Maybe that is unrealistic for some families because of scheduling conflicts so maybe a once a week activity would work better. 

Whatever your advent activities are and however often you schedule them – it’s time to do just that – schedule them!!  Schedule in your activities (along with the traditions) onto page 3 of your planner so they won’t get forgotten and all family members can see what the month of December is starting to look like.

I have put together two different activities lists if you are in need of some new or different countdown ideas.

The first list is Random Acts of Christmas Kindness – service oriented activities:

1.  Take a set of holiday books and leave at a mall play area

2.  Make a street pretty for Christmas (pick up garbage, sweep, shovel, etc.)

3.  Adopt a classroom in need (send holiday party treats and craft box)

4.  Buy a hot cocoa for Salvation Army bell ringers

5.  Purchase toys for kids in need

6.  Tape candy canes and happy holiday notes to ATMS, vending machines, etc.

7.  Send a box of mitten and hats to a school

8.  Offer to buy a pack of gum or mints for checkout clerk at grocery store

9.  Bring peppermint mocha to daycare workers

10.  Donate blood

11.  Hand out pretty Christmas flowers

12.  Bake and deliver christmas cupcakes to library employees

13.  Set up a free gift wrap station for friends and neighbours!

14.  Pay for Santa pictures for someone at mall

15.  Shop for canned goods and donate to food Bank.

16.  Pass out candy and spread cheer to folks mailing off their Christmas cards at the post office

17. Set up a helping task force – take back shopping carts, hold open doors for rushed and weary shoppers

18.  Leave small Christmas treats/gifts in shopping carts for folks to find.

19.  Take presents to hard working post office employees

20.  Call animal shelter and find out what donations they need.  Make a contribution and visit animals

21.  Leave basket of Christmas gifts on doorstep of a family/neighbour that needs it

22.  Buy hot chocolate for a stranger at Starbucks

23.  Leave present in mailbox for mail carrier

24.  Take all night drug store, ER, fire station, police station employees a Christmas surprise

25.  Deliver something special to folks who are working at local hospital

26.  Make holiday cards and take them to a nursing/retirement home.

27.  Donate gently used toys, books, and clothes to a shelter.

28.  Do something around the house to make life easier for a family member

29.  Focus on being kind to strangers and clerks at the grocery store.

30.  Mail handwritten notes or holiday cards

31.  Make a list of love and appreciation for each family member.

32.  Make cookies and take them to the Misisonaries

33.  Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter

34.  Sing carols at a local nursing home

35.  Take coloring books and crayons to the local children’s hospital or doctor’s waiting room

36.  Do something nice for a neighbor

37.  Offer to assist an elderly couple with their Christmas decorations

 

The next list is full of Christmas Fun!

1.  Write letters to Santa

2. Make tree ornaments

3.  Drive around and look at Christmas lights.  Take hot cocoa and wear PJs!

4.  Bake cupcakes and decorate

5.  Have a hot chocolate bar before bed!

6.  Pick names for family gift exchange and go shopping for gifts

7.  Bake sugar cookies and decorate

8.  Children put on a Christmas play for the adults

9.  Spin for Dinner! Play spin the bottle and the winner gets to choose the restaurant.

10.  Go ice skating

11.  Make and sign Christmas cards

12.  Go caroling

13.  Family Christmas Movie Night

14.  Play a board game or card game

15.  Invite friends for dinner

16.  Read christmas story

17.  Make a gingerbread house

18.  Have a special Christmas breakfast

19.  String popcorn and cranberries

20.  Make a paper ring garland

21.  Cut snowflakes for the window

22.  Go to a holiday movies at theatre

23.  Roast marshmallows in the fireplace or firepit

24.  Invite friends over in their pajamas to read Christmas stories

25.  Play in the snow, build a snowman

26.  Go for a walk at night

27.  Make some peppermint candy covered popcorn

28.  Make gift tags

29.  Make snow paint

30.  Make homemade gingerbread playdough!

31.  Have ice cream sundaes

32.  Make a candy wreath

33.  Have breakfast for dinner

34.  Hand write letters to friends that live away

35.  Decorate the tree

36.  Go on a wagon ride

37.   Read the story about the birth of Jesus

38.  Plan to attend a local Christmas tree lighting

39.  Backwards dinner – eat dessert first

40.  Crash Supper – plan with another mom ahead of time that you are going to bring dinner and spend the evening with them.  The kids think it’s a surprise crash!

41.  Treasure Hunt Dinner – hide the different courses throught the house and give the kids clues to gather their dinner.

42.  Make a nativity

43.  Have a camp out around the Christmas tree.

 

Maybe this year try out a few ideas from each list to make Christmas extra fun and exciting this year!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a bunch of different ways to present your December countdown activities.

TTFN!

Natasha

 

 

Comments

  1. Sharon says:

    What a great list, Natasha! For those of us that live in cold climates…give your snowplow driver a hot chocolate or coffee.

  2. Natasha says:

    I love that idea Sharon! Especially because my son drives a snowplow!!

  3. Barb E. says:

    Natasha,
    Thank you for this beautful, purely heart warming post! Definitely something our world needs right now!

  4. Logan says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog from the Connie and Mary website, and I think your cards are great. And even though it’s March, I particularly liked this Christmas list 🙂

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