I made this advent calendar for my boys a few years ago, and it has become our countdown tradition. It has 25 little drawers ready to fill.
One year, I filled them with candy, one year I filled them with tiny plastic birds, one year was tiny ornaments, and last year was little strips of paper with activities written on them. I’m down to the wire this time, but I’ll hopefully have a plan by tomorrow for this year’s countdown.
The activities were a big hit last year, so I’ll most likely go that route again. And, the drawers don’t all have to be filled too far in advance, so I can add activities based on our schedule.
Here are some of last year’s ideas:
1. Go see Santa.
2. Make cat toys using pom-poms, bells, and elastic string for the kitties’ Christmas.
3. Decorate the gingerbread house.
4. Make gingerbread men.
5. Pack a box to donate to a child in need, and drop it off.
6. Make ornaments — we did several different ones on different days, using cardstock, stamps, and glitter glue; painting wooden shapes; Styrofoam ball snowmen.
7. Drop some change in the Salvation Army bucket.
8. Volunteer at our local charity filling Christmas gift bags for kids in the area.
9. Pack and mail a soldier care package.
10. Go see Christmas lights.
11. Make place card cone trees for the family Christmas party.
12. Learn Christmas songs on the guitar and drums to play at the family Christmas party.
13. Have a family movie night with one of our favorite Christmas DVDs and plenty of popcorn.
16. Read a favorite Christmas book together.
17. Make cards for nursing home residents.
18. Roll pine cones in peanut butter and bird seed and decorate a wildlife tree outside.
19. Make Christmas gift tags using pieces cut from last year’s Christmas cards and using a hole punch to make a hole to thread a piece of ribbon through.
20. Make peppermint bark.
21. Make ornaments using natural materials found outside.
22. Go to a parade!
23. Decorate paper bag luminaries.
24. Make cookies for Santa.
25. Read the Christmas story from Scripture.