To do that I am going to repeat what I started last year, celebrate 25 days of Christmas, with a simple activity each day. It can be overwhelming to think of doing something each day but keep it simple. Incorporate the things you are going to do anyway such as Christmas programs, getting a Christmas tree, a visit with Santa or attending Christmas Eve service and make that the activity for the day.
Also, look at your schedule, don't plan an activity that takes time on a day that is already busy. That will be stressful and you are likely to give up on the activity. If a day of the week is full with outside activities then keep the Christmas activity simple, like reading a Christmas story or listening to Christmas music in the car while driving to your activity.
This time of year is meant to be joyous and peaceful as we reflect on the gift of Christ and the gift of our family. Have fun and do want works well for your family.
Here is our list of activities. I print the list, cut them in strips and place them inside each little door of our advent calendar.
1st Wednesday Weave Danish hearts for the Christmas tree
2nd Thursday Attend the town Christmas tree lighting celebration
3rd Friday Make a popcorn chain
4th Saturday Cut down Christmas tree and decorate while listening to
5th Sunday St. Nicholas Day - learn the history of St. Nicholas, celebrate the
6th Monday Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas
7th Tuesday Do a secret act of kindness
8th Wednesday Sing the 12 Days of Christmas and learn the history behind the song
9th Thursday Read the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke
10th Friday Watch Veggie Tale’s It’s a Meaningful Life, at our sister church
11th Saturday Make Christmas gifts with the girls
12th Sunday Take a drive at night and look at Christmas lights
13th Monday Bake Christmas cookies
14th Tuesday Build a ginger bread house
15th Wednesday Write a Christmas poem
16th Thursday Watch Grace in her school Christmas program, enjoy cookies and punch
with school families.
17th Friday Listen to Christmas music while traveling to see family
18th Saturday Celebrate Christmas with extended family
19th Sunday Read a Christmas story
20th Monday Watch the Polar Express and eat popcorn
21st Tuesday Donate gently used stuff animals to hospital emergency room
22nd Wednesday Bake Jesus a birthday cake
23rd Thursday Watch Grace in church Christmas program
24th Friday Make Albeskivers for dinner and open one gift
25th Saturday Christmas Day! Gives thanks for Christ our Savior!