Christmas is a big deal at our house. It’s our favorite time of the year, and we love making it special for the kids. Last year I bought an advent calendar from Pottery Barn Kids. I like to fill each day with a little candy cane and an activity we could do together. The great thing about this is you can always switch activities around to fit your schedule if something comes up. I like to save the more time-consuming activities for the weekends, especially now that I’m working.
Here’s this year’s list of holiday fun!
- Decorate the tree
- Make and decorate cookies
- See a Christmas show
- Candy cane hunt
- Wagon ride to see lights (We like to drive around and look at lights too, but this way gives the kids a better view. I had an extra set of lights I didn’t use for decorating last year, so I threw them on the wagon to make it a little more fun)
- Picnic by the tree
- Make ornaments
- Donate canned food to church
- Christmas movie by the fire
- Make salt dough ornaments for grandparent gifts
- Polar express ride
- Write letter to Santa
- Buy or make gift for sibling
- Sing Christmas carols
- Indoor or outdoor snowball fight (I hope we can do an outdoor one this year-fingers crossed!!)
- Go to a tree lighting
- Visit Santa at the mall
- Go ice skating
- Family camp out by the tree
- Buy a gift for a toy drive
- Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows
- Wrap gifts
- Make reindeer food
- Sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn
- Jesus is born! Put Jesus in the manger and celebrate Christmas 🙂
Here’s the printable version of the activities I use, if you’re interested. I included some blanks for different ideas you may have as well as some extra activities.
I also like to do the “25 Book of Christmas” idea I got from Pinterest. The first year I did it, I was scrambling around trying to find Christmas books at the library and Barnes and Noble. Now I have so many that it’s more like the “40 Books of Christmas” haha. I have a weakness for children’s books, what can I say. I wrap each book and stack them in order from smallest to biggest under the tree. Every night in December Chloe chooses a book (or 2, depending on how many we have left) to unwrap and we read it in our “cozy spot” next to the tree. This year Miles is big enough that he’ll probably want to get in on the action too :). Wrapping the books is a pain, I’ll admit, but once that part’s done it’s totally worth it to have that special time together every night. It’s quickly become one of my favorite traditions.
Once our elf arrives, I’ll post about the North Pole Breakfast.
Can’t even believe Thanksgiving is this week and I can officially be in full-blown Christmas mode. Woo hoo!!!