Activity Advent Calendar

I have a confession…I love advent calendars!  As a kid there is something so magical about the anticipation of Christmas and as a kid counting down just makes the holiday season that much more fun.  We have several advent calendars, but I couldn’t resist making one more.

I adored Little Lucy Lu’s version, but decided to include Christmas themed activities as part of ours.  I used “library pockets” and covered them with holiday scrapbook paper I had on hand for the daily countdown envelopes.

I used an old frame I had lying around (from a project I never got around to) and spray painted it red.  My sister printed off a list of fun Christmas themed activities which I added to tags and put in each pocket, which I then attached to the ribbon using mini clothespins.

I love how it turned out and my kids have had lots of fun waking up each morning to a new Christmas themed surprise.  The best part is it’s forced me to slow down and cherish the little moments that make Christmas so magical.

Here is a list of some of the activities we’ve included on our advent calendar:

  • Open a new special Christmas ornament and hang it on the tree
  • Make a Christmas craft with mom and dad
  • Watch a Christmas move and enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn
  • Reenact the Nativity Story
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Go look at Christmas lights
  • Color a Christmas picture and send it to someone special
  • Collect food for the local food pantry

Do you have an advent calendar?  If so, leave a link in the comments below.  I’d love to see how you count down to Christmas.

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Love this! So very cute! May have to do this next year!

  2. I am going to have to make one of these but do the 12 days of Xmas since I got a late start. What a great idea & love the activities you mentioned. Happy Holidays!

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