Of course I've heard of advent calendars before, usually the ones with little chocolates to eat each day. The other day I read a short list of activities that people were suggesting for an advent activity calendar and I loved the idea of stretching out the season all month by having a special something to do with the kids each day. So I took that list and added my own, cut out some ones that didn't fit for us and came up with my tentative list of advent activities for this December.
I know I'm a little early posting about Christmas already, and I don't want you to think I've forgotten about Thanksgiving! (I'm also hoping to do some activities leading up to The Day of the Bird.) But since I already made this list (early, so I could gather supplies and be ready for December 1), I figured there is a small chance someone else out there might be doing something similar and wouldn't mind sharing ideas.
The list isn't 100% finalized. I might swap out a craft if I see something cool on Pinterest. And I'll have to look into volunteering and see if there are any jobs appropriate that June and I could do. I'll also have to rearrange the list a little to make sure the more time-consuming items fall on weekends.
We'll see how it goes! And if you have any other ideas, please share them in a comment!
|Decorate the Christmas tree||X|
|Roast marshmallows on the fire, drink hot cocoa||X|
|Watch a Christmas movie||X|
|Make Christmas Cookies||X||X|
|Donate clothes or toys to children’s charity||X|
|New Christmas books||X|
|Go on a nighttime walk to see Christmas lights||X|
|Go ice skating||X|
|Look at lights in the Fab 40's||X|
|Get picture taken with Santa||X|
|Salvation Army Angel Tree Angel||X|
|Volunteer at food bank (or other?)||X|
|Buy and donate treats/toys to an animal shelter||X|
|Hand print reindeer (painting)||X|
|Make peanut butter pinecone feeders for birds/squirrels||X|
|Decorate gingerbread house||X||X|
|Make a list of favorite Christmas memories||X|
|Eat 'reindeer poop' for breakfast (donut holes)||X|
|Write letters to Santa||X|
|Christmas Music Dance Party in Pajamas||X|
|Carriage Ride in Old Sacramento||X|
|Candlelight bubble bath with Christmas Music||X|
|Polar Express Day (Book, movie, hot chocolate)||X|
|Sleep under the tree||X|
Maybe if all goes well, I can post weekly Advent Activity Roundups where I post pictures from our activities that week!