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Our family’s Christmas countdown activities

September 6, 2012

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Following on from my previous post about how to make a fabric advent calendar, I was asked to share the activities my family and I came up with last advent in the run up to Christmas;

We sat down as a family to come up with the 24 ideas (one for each day of advent), and I had thought that we would struggle to come up with 24 but when it came to it, we actually had to pare our ideas down to fit them in. Don’t get me wrong, the activities we came up with didn’t mean we’re all singing, all dancing every day and my kids were 1, 2 and 4 this time last year, so the activities were age-appropriate!

Here’s what we chose to do;

  1. Watch a Christmas film together
  2. Build a tent and have an indoor Christmas picnic
  3. Make Christmas cards
  4. Decorate the Christmas tree
  5. Make peppermint Christmas tree decorations
  6. Decorate the Little People’s rooms
  7. Go for a walk in the dark with torches
  8. Make Christmas spiced biscuits with cinnamon
  9. Make some glittery Christmas playdough
  10. Learn and sing some Christmas songs and carols
  11. Make paper chains
  12. Read the Christmas story together
  13. Decorate the whole house and put up the Christmas wreath
  14. Make Christmas cupcakes
  15. Make a Christmas picture
  16. Make Christmas tree decorations
  17. Donate toys and books to charity
  18. Wrap up warm, go for a long cold walk in the park and see some Christmas lights
  19. Wrap Christmas presents
  20. Eat Christmas biscuits and drink hot chocolate around the Christmas tree
  21. Go to see the ‘singing bears’ and Christmas lights
  22. Go to visit Father Christmas with Granny and Grandpa
  23. Go and choose our Christmas tree
  24. Put stockings up and go to Christmas Eve mass

They were all really good fun, and the ones that stood out for the kids and us as a family in particular were the night-time walks, the indoor picnic, the peppermint tree decorations, choosing and then decorating the tree

Christmas Time with The Little People

Baking Advent Biscuits

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2012 19:58

    Fantastic list. I like the simplicity of it. It includes lots of Christmas activities that we would do anyway. Might have a go at our own this year.

    • September 6, 2012 20:53

      Exactly! Simplicity and the kind of things we’d do anyway, but putting it into an advent calendar makes it more ‘Christmassy’ for the kids and reminds me to actually do them.

  2. September 9, 2012 05:53

    Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I attempted to do something similar last year but it just didn’t work out. I think that this year is going to be the start of a fantastic family tradition!


  3. September 12, 2012 19:31

    What a great idea. I can already see my daughter (16) rolling her eyes as I make this suggestion. lol – I’m gonna give it a try though.

    But OMG….. Is it time to start thinking about this ALREADY???!!!

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