Growing up, you really think that being a kid on Christmas, is the best thing EVER! And it is…But the joy you get watching your own kids on Christmas is beyond anything you could ever have imagined.
You bring some of the things you enjoyed from your own upbringing into your annual Christmas rituals, along with your partner’s family traditions as well, and somewhere in between all of that, you start to form your own traditions as well.
Something we have really enjoyed doing as a family is creating a family activity advent calendar. Not only does it provide ideas of seasonal activities, but it also helps young ones pace themselves throughout the silly season. I don’t know about you, but my kids, particularly Miss 4, always wants to know what is next, what is happening tomorrow etc…. As a parent I have learnt the hard way that if you say you are going to do something, you better be intending to really do it, because your kids will not let you forget it!
The Christmas advent calendar is a novel way to limit activities to one a day, and the beauty of being the adult in the house, means that you can rifle through the activity options the night before and swap them to something you are up for!
Creating your own Christmas activity advent calendar is easy, and it can be customised to suit your own family’s preferences and interests. Don’t go to church? No problem, leave anything out with a religious significance. Don’t like craft? No problem, think about more physical activities you can do.
- Decorate your Christmas Tree
- Write and post your Christmas cards
- Watch your favourite Christmas movies together. Let each family member choose one for a weekend movie marathon!
- Sing Christmas carols- find your local carol night, pack a picnic and make it an evening of fun with friends
- Read a Christmas story together
- Attend a Christmas Church service
- Choose a Christmas present for the less fortunate
- Make a donation to your preferred charity
- Make a handmade decoration for the tree
- Make Christmas wrapping paper
- Help choose and wrap up presents for special friends
- Bake gingerbread cookies, or if you are feeling particularly ambitious, bake pieces to construct a gingerbread house!
- Do Christmas themed craft- paint paper plates into giant Christmas baubles, or make your own bonbons
- Bake Christmas shortbread
- Write a letter to Santa
- Make a garland, table arrangement or Christmas wreath with fresh flowers and foliage
- Visit Santa- and if you are feeling brave, have a picture with him! If your family includes pets, try a pet Santa or check out the outdoor beach Santa displays for something truly Australian! Santa in BOARDSHORTS!!!
- Take a trip into the City to see the Christmas displays
- Visit the neighbourhood houses decorated with lights
- Catch up with friends for a Christmas get together or party
- Help mummy choose a special present for daddy
- Help daddy choose a special present for mummy
- Wear Santa hats/reindeer ears and other Christmas themed fancy-dress
- Open one present together. Leave a plate of snacks for Santa and his reindeer.
- Have an indoor picnic around the Christmas tree
- Order fresh flower gifts, hampers and living plants- click here if you need some help!
- Have a BBQ dinner outdoors, enjoying the summer balmy weather and extended daylight
- Donate food items to the Salvation army or other charity
- Volunteer at the soup kitchen
- Listen to a Christmas CD- who does the ultimate Christmas album? Mariah for the WIN!!! Or maybe Michael Buble!!??
- Take a family trip to the farmer’s market to choose fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Certainly if you are handy with a sewing machine, a needle and thread you can get busy and create your own fabric calendar to fill, but if not there are many crafters out there who are creating unique pieces for you to purchase.
For some an advent calendar full of activities will be too hard to juggle with full time work and other commitments, so you can also alternate the pocket fillings with candy, chocolate or decorations that can be added to the tree throughout the month.