One of our Christmas traditions includes an advent calendar. Behind each door, my girls discover two Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses and a note with details of fun Christmas activity for the day. The excitement in my girls’ eyes each day always makes this a memorable event.
Here are some of the activities I tucked away inside the Advent calendar for my girls:
Write a letter to Santa.
Eat at Chick-fil-a for Family Night and enjoy the Christmas lights.
Make popcorn and gumdrop garland.
Go for a drive to look at Christmas lights and sip hot cocoa.
Make paper snowflakes to hang in the windows.
Make paper hand wreaths.
Sip hot cocoa and read Christmas stories.
Visit a Christmas tree farm and buy a wreath for the front door.
Visit the new Wiregrass Mall to see the Christmas light show.
Buy a new ornament for the playroom Christmas tree.
Make a paper chain for the playroom Christmas tree.
Hang mistletoe and remember to kiss everyone who walks under it.
Make gingerbread houses.
Bake cookies with Grandma and Auntie Simone.
Go to Moms on the Go Christmas party.
Decorate Christmas ornaments.
Make Christms fortune tellers.
Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies at Holiday Happy Hour play date with friends to watch the Polar Express.
Buy presents for family members at the Dollar Tree.
Go Christmas caroling at a retirement home.
Make Christmas cards.
Make wrapping paper.
Paint everyone’s toenails red.
Drop off toys at a Toys for Tots location.
Enjoy an evening Christmas concert at school.
Adopt an Angel Tree child and shop for items on his/her wish list.
Light the Menorah to celebrate the start of Chanukah.
Go for a Christmas light stroll and count the Santas and snowmen in our neighbors’ yards. Graph the results.
Have a Christmas music dance party.
Make reindeer dust. Remember to set out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.
Santa arrives! Merry Christmas!
You may have noticed that there are more than 25 Christmas activities. I like to stuff extra ideas in box #25. During the holiday season, I chance upon a fun event in the neighborhood, which would take the place of one of the filler activities. In that case, I simply remove a note or move notes around in the box and my girls never know the difference.
But, like a bad mommy blogger, I forgot to take a picture of my girls opening the box on the first night, however, I did snap Day #2 pics and Day #3 pics.
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, the Chick-fil-a on Waters Ave is definitely worth the trip, especially on Tuesdays for Kids Eat Free Family night. Make it one of your must-do activities this holiday season.
Since we began the Advent calendar this season, Allana has suggested some of her own ideas for our Christmas activities, like a Christmas treasure hunt. Next year, I think it would be fun to include her in the planning process of the Advent calendar.