The Christmas Season is for celebrating, making memories, giving, strengthening family relationships and embracing the real meaning of Christmas. Hopefully this List of Advent Activities will help us dig a little bit further into those areas.
When I created this calendar, I knew that I wanted it to be a few different things: Inexpensive, Simple and I wanted the activities on the calendar to be flexible. The last thing that I wanted is for this to be another thing on my "to-do list" or something that I could stress over.
I started by sewing 25 little pockets of burlap. Burlap can be bought by the yard for something like $2.99/yard at your local fabric store. It's super versatile and cheap.
Next, with white acrylic paint, I stenciled days 1-25 onto the burlap pockets. Our Advent List will begin on December 1st and the last pocket will be opened on Christmas morning. After the paint dried, I hot glued sparkly white loops of ribbon onto the backs of the pockets.
This advent calendar could be hung on a wall, pinned onto a decorated cork board or the pockets could even hang on your Christmas tree. For us, our pockets are hanging on this little tree that I found at a garage sale last summer.
Inside of each pocket is a small piece of paper with an activity on it. Here's the thing that's making this work for us: The papers can be switched around. The last thing I wanted was for this to be a rigid list of things we must do each day so, when I filled the pockets, I did my best at guessing what we'd be doing each day but here's the kicker......I'm the Mom and I have the master list of the activities. If one day I feel like the kids should watch a special Christmas movie, I'll put that piece of paper in the pocket for that day. If another day, I feel like a Christmas Craft sounds fun, that'll be the paper for that day. It's all about being flexible, making memories, and having fun.
Here's the list of our activities:
So, what about you? What are some of the things that your family enjoys doing during the month of December? What are you looking forward to the most?