Christmas time is one of the busiest times of the year. Have you ever pondered how you could make the month of December more meaningful for your family? What are some fun and easy activities that YOU can do as a family to make lasting family memories during one of the busiest times of the year? Today, we're going to show you just how easy and simple it is with this Modern Christmas Tree Advent Calendar complete with twenty-five activity ideas to help you and your family count down to Christmas!
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Several Christmas's ago when my kids were younger I was so concerned about the timing and production that went into making everything festive and memorable for the holidays that I forgot to make the memories. I remember sitting amongst the torn wrapping paper and opened boxes and looking at my family somewhat exhausted and not remembering much of what took place during the last month. Oh sure, I'd had our family pictures taken, sent out our Christmas cards, made goodies for the teachers, neighbors and friends, cleaned our house, purged and cleaned out closets to make room for new toys, purchased gifts for our extended family, wrapped everything with cute paper and ribbons and labels and decorated the inside and out of our home. All of those boxes were checked, but the most important box of living in the moment and soaking in the faces and connecting with our children had somehow taken a back seat to "being busy".
It didn't feel good and I didn't like it. So, we changed course and I let some things go. Making memories was going to be the number one priority for our little family. We needed a little reminder every December so I created a special advent calendar and as a family we came up with different family activity ideas and wrote them on slips of papers and paired them with a day on our calendar. It's made all the difference. When we're ready to decorate for the holidays, it's the first thing my boys talk about and ask for. Some years we keep the same activities and some years we add new ones. We're flexible because let's face it, some evenings are just busy with meetings, school activities and concerts. On those nights that we have limited time we've built in slips of paper that read a "Read a Christmas story together". On those nights the boys choose a wrapped Christmas story (from our library) from under our tree and we snuggle in our bed and read it together.
Here are a few popular activities our family enjoys doing together...
25 Days of Family Activities:
-Have snowman pancakes for dinner.
-Get jammies on, drive around and look at Christmas lights.
-Gourmet Hot Chocolate Bar night.
-Go pick out our tree.
-Go for a Winter walk.
-Christmas movie & popcorn night.
-Deck The Halls (Decorate our tree and put up our outside lights.)
-Make goodies for neighbors/local police & fire station.
-Act out the nativity.
-Family game night.
-Write letters to Santa Claus!
-Watch First Presidency Christmas Devotional
-Christmas craft (usually involves eating it) :)
-Secret Santa to a family.
-Make Orange rolls or Cinnamon rolls
-Family Shopping Trip
-Gather up some toys you don't love and donate them.
-Make a list of 10 things you are thankful for. Call Grandma/Grandpa and read them the list.
-Picnic dinner around the Christmas tree.
-Read a Christmas story together. (x 2-3)
Here are a few more family Christmas activity ideas...
-Write letters to Santa.
-Make paper snowflakes.
-Christmas music dance-a-thon!
- Act out the nativity.
-Christmas light scavenger hunt.
-Make a real wreath out of tree trimmings.
-Make Christmas tree decorations.
-Random act of service.
Modern Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Tutorial
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Miniature 24" Christmas Tree
Gold Spray Paint
Clothespins (Dollar Store)
Number Template (personal use only)
I'd love to hear from YOU! What are some of your favorite family traditions.. leave your ideas in the comments for all to see. If you are interested in making something similar, I'm offering mine as a FREE printable! (For personal use only.)
A HUGE thank you to Redbook Magazine for including our advent calendar in their Roundup! We're working on am EASY and gorgeous DIY Coffee Filter Christmas Wreath next!
Happy Memory Making!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street
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