My son is 3 years old, which means life is starting to really get fun with him. He understands and appreciates holidays and all the activities surrounding them. So this year we’re doing a special advent calendar filled with a variety of activities, both fun and spiritual, to prepare us to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
I have been so excited to plan our advent season this year! I think part of it is because my son loves life so much and gets excited about everything. But I also think I’m nesting…I’m 7 months pregnant and have been just a little crazy this time around. I’ve been working on Christmas stuff since October. So in addition to this advent calendar, I’m also doing these Advent Reading for the Very Young from Part of the Main (I was originally going to do this Scripture advent calendar created by AKA Design but think Part of the Main’s will be more age appropriate for my son this year).
Now I know there are about a million blogs out there with a million different advent ideas out there, but when I was researching mine, I found it was helpful to browse through a variety of calendars and ideas to be able to come up with my list. So I’m adding my advent calendar and activities to blogosphere with the hopes that it will give you some ideas when creating yours.
My goal for our advent season was to do a variety of activities to prepare us to celebrate Christmas day–not just gifts and candy. I primarily wanted to focus on Christ’s birth, but also wanted to incorporate fun crafts & activities, a very limited number of gifts, and some activities that focused on others. I also wanted to keep it SIMPLE (the holidays are busy enough as it is, plus that new baby will be here very soon), as well as to have some flexibility in case I needed to switch some of our activities around. So I decided to go with a pocket style calendar with inserts for each day that could be moved if needed. I found this pin on Pinterest and absolutely fell in love with the look of it (but wasn’t willing to spend the $80 on the box), so tried to kinda go for the same look. My advent calendar/board cost me less than $5. I bought a piece of black foam board at the $1 Store and a pack of stickers & number stickers at Michael’s. The rest of the paper, washi tape, and stickers I had on hand.
Our advent activities include the following, not necessarily in order. You may notice there are more than 24 activities; we’ve doubled up on a couple and I’ve added a few easy extras just in case something doesn’t work out.
- Get out our Fisher Price Nativity
- Plant a Christmas flower bulb (we got our at Trader Joe’s for $4.99)
- Open Christmas PJs
- Decorate bedroom with Christmas lights
- Make Christmas ornament (this year we’re doing this one and I can’t wait! It’s so pretty!)
- Make Snowman Pizza for dinner
- Make Christmas Craft: Stained Glass Nativity from Meaningful Mama (she has free download)
- Make presents for our little friends
- Decorate Christmas cookies
- Attend church Christmas party
- Buy a toy to donate
- Mail Christmas gifts to far-away relatives
- Go to Disneyland
- Attend local Snow Day
- Movie Night with popcorn & hot cocoa (open mini Christmas mugs)
- Look at Christmas lights
- Use Nativity to act out Christmas story
- Decorate sliding glass door (open window clings & spray snow)
- Color a Christmas picture (I found a bunch of freebies here)
- Go Christmas shopping with Daddy
- Attend Small Group Christmas party
- Read a Christmas book
- Make Christmas pancakes
- Apply shaving cream Santa beards and sing carols
- Make gingerbread houses
- Visit Daddy at work with treats
- Wrap Presents
- Pick up Grammy & Papi from the airport
- Make a Christmas craft: Snow Globe
- Read the Christmas story from the Bible
As you can imagine, we’re pretty excited about the Christmas season this year. Me especially…my kiddos have no idea the Christmas wonders that Mommy has planned for them for the next 24 days! I hope that your advent season is a wonderful and magical time with your family! And may we all keep in the forefront of our minds the reason we celebrate the season…the arrival of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!