Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Advent Calendars

A different idea for a Christmas Advent Calendar............

Make a list of several activities that you can do together as a family.

Then each day the kids take turns opening the little door for the day and reading what activity that you get to do together.

The holiday season can be pretty busy, so here is a good way for family time!

1. Decorate the Christmas tree.

2. Write letters to Santa.

3. Build a snowman.

4. Have a snowball fight.

5. Make Christmas cookies and surprise a neighbor or two with a plate.6. Sing Christmas Carols together.

7. Write Christmas letters to relatives we will not see for Christmas.

8. Watch a Christmas movie.

9. Visit Santa at the Mall.

10. Take a drive to see the Christmas Lights.

11. Clean out old toys and donate to Goodwill.

12. Make a gift for kids teachers.

13. Make some Christmas Candy.

14. Play a game in front of the fire.

15. Watch The Grinch.

16. Learn more about Jesus.

17. Sleep under the Christmas Tree.

18. Do a secret service for someone in the family or a neighbor.

19. Make a gingerbread house.

20. Read an extra Christmas story.

21. Make some reindeer food for Christmas Eve (recipe to come).

Reindeer Food
Raw OatmealGlitter (I use a silver or gold base and mix red and green in with it)Plastic lunch baggiesRibbonPaper or cardstock
How To Make ItPour about 1/8 cup of oatmeal in baggie. Add some glitter. Close baggie.Attach with ribbon to the front of the baggie the following message.
"On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this wonderful Reindeer Food on your lawn. The shiny glitter will sparkle in the moonlight and the smell of oats will guide Rudolph to your home."

22. Read the Christmas story in Luke Chapter 2.

23. Act out the nativity scene.

24. Listen to Christmas music.

25. Set out cookies and reindeer food for Santa and his reindeers.

26. Watch a Christmas special on television.

27. Go sledding!

You can use some of these ideas, or come up with your own that will meet the needs of your family and the specific holiday you may celebrate.

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