Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent Activities

Anyone out there looking for ideas for this Advent season?  Here's the list of what we did in 2012. 

1.  Festival of Trees and Christmas by the Lake (local activities)
2.  Visit Santa
3.  Hang candy canes on the Christmas tree
4.  Bake cookies
5.  Make paper snowflakes
6.  Drink hot chocolate with fun marshmallows (we had chocolate mint)
7.  Elf Yourself (app)

8.  Snow paint
9.  Make Christmas goodies (recipes to come...)
10.  Snowman pancakes for supper
11.  Make salt dough ornaments
12.  Play in the snow
13.  Make Christmas play dough (with glitter and peppermint!)
14.  Buy a toy to donate to Toys for Tots
15.  Make Christmas popcorn to share with friends
16.  Go to the library and read Christmas books

17.  Make (and eat!) ice cream cone Christmas trees
19.  Go to a Christmas party
20.   Koen's birthday party :)
21.  Make Christmas cards
22.  Make Gingerbread houses (with Grandma!)
23.  Open a present (new jammies!)
24.  Drive around looking at Christmas lights

We will be repeating many of these this year, and trying a few new things! 

Here are a bunch of ideas:

Watch a specific Christmas movie (Elf, Santa Buddies, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express etc.)
Watch TV Christmas specials (Frosty, Rudolf, Charlie Brown, etc.)
Build a snowman
Make snow angels
Go sledding
Bake a birthday cake for Jesus
Have a candlelit dinner
Sleep under the tree
Dance to Christmas music
Ring the Salvation Army Bell
Set up a Nativity
Give goodies to the neighbors
Make ornaments or other Christmas crafts

Who knows what we'll actually end up doing!  I just pick and choose as we go, whatever fits into our schedule.  I'll do my best to share along the way!

What are your favorite Advent activities??

Check out my Christmas Pinterest board for all sorts of fun ideas, crafts and recipes!


  1. Great ideas! We do a lot of these things, or similar ones, too. I love to read Christmas or winter themed chapter books to my kids. Last year it was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This year it's Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies, and Snowbound with Betsy by Carolyn Haywood.
    We also love to pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, although those get turned in before Thanksgiving. When the kids are a little older, I'd like to volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Charlotte, NC (our hometown).

  2. Love your list of ideas! I was looking for a few more to add into our advent calendar and these are great. Thanks!

  3. How fun! What a great list of ideas! We've yet to do anything other than decorate our tree and shop for gifts. =) But maybe we'll get around to all those fun activities once school lets out for break.


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