On Black Friday we were sort of looking for things to do. Niece #2, Hannah, was over for a couple of days and we decided to make a list of things we could do in our little town.
Shopping was not on the list.
We each decided to make an advent calendar. And we wanted to include fun Christmas activities instead of gifts or trinkets or candy or whatever.
I pulled out a few items that I’d procured at Hobby Lobby last week…their Christmas stuff was already at 60% off…the week before Thanksgiving. I swear I do not understand the retail industry.
First we started with the tags. We thought it would be cool to stamp them. This proved to be harder than it looks. We kept stamping things to be 2014. We didn’t care.
They turned out pretty ok overall.
Then we typed up and printed out our activities. You can find a ton of ideas about what to do online. Here are the 24 we decided upon. I tried to keep these pretty simple so my Sister in Law wouldn’t kill me. Nothing like your child coming home with 24 complicated tasks for you to do. Merry Christmas!
1. Decorate a tree.
2. Shop for a new toy to donate to a charitable organization.
3. Write a letter to Santa.
4. Donate gently used toys, books or clothes to a shelter.
5. Talk to a baby and tell that baby all about Christmas.
6. Celebrate St. Nicholas Day!
7. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger or a friend.
8. Make a list of things you are thankful for.
9. Read a Christmas book.
10. Look up how children around the world celebrate different winter holidays. Tell a child or adult about what you learned.
11. Sing a Christmas song. At the top of your lungs.
12. Have a family holiday movie or Christmas TV show night.
13. Dance to Christmas music
14. Drink some hot chocolate
15. Cut paper snowflakes
16. Read the Christmas story
17. Make holiday cards and take them to a nursing/retirement home.
18. Light a candle and sing a Christmas carol.
19. Wear Christmas socks
20. Go for a walk outside and look at Christmas lights
21. Play a game as a family
22. Eat a Christmas cookie
23. Do something kind for someone else
24. Set out cookies for Santa
We cut them out and put them in the boxes.
Anything is easy when it’s a team effort.
I sent Hannah home with 24 of these bad boys to celebrate December.
And I made easy sack versions for us. Same activity cut outs inside. Just put into sacks.
Happy Advent, friends!