A few years ago, I posted a list of advent ideas to provide inspiration for daily fun activities with the kids.
I’m not organized enough this year to have something planned for every day, but I do hope to do many fun and meaningful activities with the kids. Some things are just fun to do, other things I want to do to focus our attention on the needs of others and ways we can help.
So, I am re-posting, with a few updates, my list of fun and meaningful advent season activities:
Advent Season Ideas:
- Send a letter to our Compassion Child – if you don’t have one, consider sponsoring one today!
- Decorate the Christmas Tree
- Visit Santa – the Santa at Merrifield Garden Center is our favorite
- Have dinner by candlelight
- Make a fort and read Christmas stories in it
- Go ice skating.
- Make paper snowflakes — lots of templates on the web (High Hopes, Martha Stewart, Enchanted Learning)
- Light a fire and have a family game night
- Spend time praying for poor people
- Work on teacher’s gifts
- Think of ways we can show kindness to someone who needs it
- Leave little notes of encouragement all over (mailbox, grocery store, park, etc.)
- Make hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows!
- Watch a Christmas movie – what are your favorites?
- Give someone needy $5
- Put some money in the Salvation Army Bucket (encourage kids to give from their “Give” bank)
- Buy a gift for someone less fortunaate (Angel Tree, Toys 4 Tots, etc.)
- Make cookies
- Decorate cookies!
- Host a Gingerbread Decorating Party
- Deliver Christmas cookies to neighbors
- Get dressed in jammies and drive around looking for Christmas lights
- Sing Christmas carols together
- Go caroling
- Make something fun – neat printables at www.thetoymaker.com
- Act out the nativity
- Visit a live nativity
- Work on memorizing Luke 2:1-20
- Decorate Gingerbread houses
- Visit waterskiing Santa (Dec 24th)
- Attend a Christmas pageant — our church does a great one
- Go see a Holiday Light Display (i.e Festival of Lights at Bull Run, Zoo Lights, etc)
- Visit the National Christmas Tree and “Pageant of Peace”
- Visit the Holiday Exhibit at the US Botanic Gardens (tip – go on a weeknight!)
- Visit the Holiday Model Train Display at Union Station
- Go see a Nutcracker performance or other seasonal show
- See the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord in the National Harbor
- Go shopping for Christmas gifts for siblings — we give each kid $5 to shop for each other at the dollar store
- Make a Christmas card for someone special
- Call a grandparent (or other relative) and tell them you love them
- Make ornaments
- Give candy canes to someone and share the legend behind it.
- Pick up trash – or put an elderly persons trash can away for them
- Bring your neighbors newspaper to the front door for them
- Attend a Christmas party (or host one!)
- Check out Christmas at Mount Vernon by day, or attend a special Christmas by Candlelight Tour
What would you add to the list?
This post is linked up to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.