Monday, 19 November 2012

Our Advent Calender and activities



So as I have told you I believe in the wonder and joys of Christmas and want to welcome my boys to the warm arms of tradition.  I want them to relish advent each year and I want them to look forward to each day rather than just Christmas day itself.

I couldn't find an advent calendar that met our needs so in 2009 I made our advent calendar.  It has tags on with the tasks or activities on the back.  They have changed as the boys have grown older, but have included or include:
  • Write and post your letter to Father Christmas
  • Help ice the Christmas cake
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Make shapes with the cookie cutters and playdough
  • Make Jelly Baby Jesus cakes
  • Do an advent wordsearch
  • Make this years thumbprint tree ornament
  • make a christmas present
  • Make your teachers christmas gift
  • Sort out old toys for donating
  • Make a tree decoration
  • Visit Grandma's grave
  • Do some christmas crafting
  • Make a borax pipe cleaner decoration
  • Make meringue snowmen
  • Make gift tags
  • Make Christmas shrinky dinks
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Go to a Carol Service
  • Colour in some Christmas pictures
  • Make some Christmas fairy cakes
  • Make a loo roll nativity display
  • Make paper chains
  • Collect Pinecones
  • Start reading about the nativity
  • Have dinner with Family
  • Write your Christmas cards and deliver local ones
  • Make dried orange slices
  • Make angels
  • Make salt dough ornaments
  • Make reindeer gingerbread cookies
  • Make pomanders
  • String popcorn to go on the tree
  • Make snowman soup
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Sing and dance to Christmas songs
  • Make some Christmas cookies
  • Watch a Christmas movie
  • Make reindeer food
  • Read a Christmas Story
  • Make up a Christmas story
  • Take a walk in the dark to look at the Christmas lights
  • Help trim the tree
  • Make mince pies
  • Make spiced cider
  • Go to the school Christmas Fair
  • Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it
  • Help wrap presents
  • Make Thick Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallows
  • Put up a wreath
  • Meet Father Christmas
  • Decorate our gingerbread house
  • Make a family traditional dessert





4 comments:

  1. Some great ideas there. I really want a 'fillable' advent calendar for my two this year. Bud is 2.7 now and I think he would love it. I've pinned this and may 'borrow' a few of your ideas.

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  2. I'm making advent stockings similar this year...never thought of the pound shop for pegs...off there at the weekend, thanks!

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  3. This is SOOO cool, and there I was thinking I had literally just come up with the idea of filling our calendar with tasks, mwhahaha. These are great though, I might take some inspiration from your tasks!

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