I am SO excited about Christmas this year! Gray understands who Santa is and is already decorating the house. We are introducing an advent calendar for the first time. Instead of candy, we are going to do a Christmas activity each day. I got out a calendar and plugged in activities that will work for our schedule – simple, easy activities for weeknights, more elaborate activities on the weekends, and some local events we are going to check out.
I am hoping the calendar will hold me accountable and we will do A LOT of fun holiday things. I also know things can be a little crazy around here, and there will definitely be some changes made. Here is our (tentative) plan:
- Read Elf on the Shelf.
- Decorate the mini Christmas tree.
- Go to the Parade of Lights.
- Watch Frosty the Snowman.
- Make a gingerbread train.
- Make peppermint bark for Dad.
- Paint ornaments.
- Make Christmas play dough.
- Dress up the magnetic Santa.
- Go to the library and look for Christmas books.
- Make and drink hot chocolate.
- Bake Christmas cookies.
- Deliver Christmas cookies to neighbors.
- Go to Michael’s and pick out a Christmas craft.
- Go shopping for presents for your sisters.
- Make a Christmas list for Santa.
- Make footprint crafts.
- Make reindeer food.
- Go look at Christmas lights.
- Go see Santa!
- Wrap presents.
- Take Christmas pictures.
- Go to the Frosty the Snowman play.
- Open your Christmas Eve box.
I typed each of these out and added an image. I printed them, cut them out, and shoved them each into a drawer in our advent calendar. This is a similar advent calendar on Amazon.
I also made additional activity slips. I know things are going to change and go wrong so I made extras: make snowflakes, make a wreath, learn a new Christmas song, and watch Rudolph. This way, they are already made and I won’t have to scramble to put something together. These are also super easy activities that don’t require any prep work.
I will be blogging about all of these activities. I am hoping there will be a lot of successes, but I will also share when things don’t go well.