It’s the last week of November and time to get Advent Calendars all put together for December treats. I made this activity advent calendar last year, and my little girls loved it. The calendar consists of 24 little bags, that contain a slip of paper with a different special activity listed each day for the family to do together, you could also include some sweet treats.
I’ve made a printable for you with over 60 fun activities for you to choose 24 from that fit with your family. You can find the printable by clicking here. The calendar isn’t meant to be just another job that adds extra pressure to what can already be a stressful time of year. It’s meant to help you slow down and focus on enjoying the holidays by doing small things together as a family. I suggest you print out a December calendar and consider when you’ll be doing certain activities anyway, and add to the fun of them by including them in the calendar and allowing them to be a surprise until the kids open the calendar bag each morning. If you always get your tree and put it up on the second weekend of December, then include it then. There’s also lots of easy activities that fit into busy week nights like read a Christmas story together, make a snowflake, or drink eggnog. By writing the activities on the calendar and tucking it out of the kids sight, you’ll know what’s coming up, so you’ll have the materials, and if necessary you can cheat and switch things around for another day.
This year I’m decorating with a winter woodland theme, and so excited to share my decorations with you this week. So this year, I made the calendar to match. I found these little paper bags here. I added wood graining, which turned out great, I really love it. I’ll be showing you how to make these soon when I make some special Christmas wrapping paper tutorial. I used some small wooden clothespins and added glitter, to hang the bags with. I hung ours onto garland over a window, but it would look great on a mantel too, or maybe on a stairway.
I added a few rustic moose decorations made from little wooden cut-outs I found at Walmart and painted white and silver, drilled a small hole in, and hung with a little twine.
I love how it all turned out and can’t wait until the first for our Christmas activities to begin.
I’ll be sharing pictures from our advent activities all through December on facebook, you can follow along here. With fun daily activities to do together as a family like drinking hot chocolate, or baking Christmas cookies, life really is a party!