Create Your Own Advent Calendar (It’s easier than you think!)

Celebrating the advent is an amazing way to celebrate the holiday season with your family.  It helps keep you organized, helps kids count down the days and if you lay it out in time, really keeps the season on track.

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I’m going to share with you some advent ideas and techniques used by a friend of mine.  She has four kids, all younger than school age!  Let’s call her Supermom…

Preparation is key.  She gets this all put together in November and by the time the chaos of the holiday season rolls around she’s ready to go!

Supermom used small boxes of various sizes and painted them with holiday color.  Then, she affixed painted numbers to the outsides of the boxes.  Kids love opening the boxes!

Advent Calendar

 

I’m going to give you a list of ideas she has included in her advent calendars.  Some of these are for this year so don’t tell her kids!

You can tailor these ideas to your local area and personality.  However, this is a great starting place for kids of any age.

On a personal note, I have done an advent calendar and activities for my husband and I for years.  We have a lot of fun doing something new and small every day to celebrate the season and in many cases, help others.

If you have ideas you want to share, please send them along!

-Watch a local performance

-See the nutcracker, live or rented movie

-Make gifts for community members such as firemen and police

-Make pretend snow

-Make gingerbread houses

-Make cookies for neighbors or senior center

-Make bird seed ornaments

-Movie in PJs

-Donate to Goodwill

-Make snowmen from ice cream

-Read Twas the Night Before Christmas

-Write letters to Santa

-Hot cocoa night

-Donate to Goodwill

-Make snowman pizza

-Make donut snow people

-Drive around to see lights

-Listen or sing carols

-Holiday party

-Pick out Christmas tree

-Decorate Christmas tree

-Visit a beach

-Watch the snow

-Visit a zoo

-Make Cookies/Peanut Butter Balls

-Make a Yule Log (Great for Solstice)

-Skating

As you can see, there is a lot to do to celebrate and spend time with your family!  Keep track of what the kids loved, what was difficult to pull off and how much you spent.  This way, next year’s calendar is even easier.

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