My parents (and grandparents) have always made a big deal of Christmas and now that I have found my feet again I really want to do the same for my kids. I have so many amazing memories of the pure excitement and joy that Christmas brings.
Last week my great friend Amanda and I spent almost the whole day making a DIY advent calendar for kids. Thank goodness for Amanda as I would never have been able to come up with something quite so fabulous on my own. Crafting is not something I usually choose to do – I’m just not a fan a mess and usually run a mile in the opposite direction when someone mentions glitter!! However it was strangely therapeutic (partly because the only kid with us was Miss L and she was happy to just potter around us and leave us to it).
|Fast asleep in Amanda’s studio. Such an accommodating little munchkin!|
I was chuffed to bits with my calendar and can’t wait until December 1st for the kids to start it. I’ve hung it up in their toy room and it’s all ready to go.
Each day on the calendar there a christmas ‘activity’ and the idea behind it is to really get the kids excited about the run up to Christmas and to create our own family traditions. (I suggest you get your diary out before you add your activities if you want to do this as will need to make sure you can fit them into routine).
1st Dec: Put up the Christmas decorations and decorate the Christmas tree together.
2nd Dec: Get some new Christmas PJ’s (for the kids – but you could too??).
3rd Dec: Read the story of Christmas together.
4th Dec: Get a special treat today (I have bought some little chocolate santa’s).
5th Dec: A special family dinner out.
6th Dec: Watch a Christmas movie with ice-cream and popcorn.
7th Dec: Play Christmas music all day.
8th Dec: Visit Santa and get your Santa photos done 🙂
9th Dec: Donate a gift to the Wishing Tree Foundation.
10th Dec: Write you letters to Santa and take them to the post box.
11th Dec: A special Christmas treat just from Mum.
12th Dec: Do some Christmas baking.
13th Dec: Have an indoor picnic by the Christmas tree for dinner.
14th Dec: Put your Christmas stocking out.
15th Dec: Go on a Christmas outing to see the city lights.
16th Dec: Make/write your christmas cards for your friends and family.
17th Dec: A special Christmas treat just from Dad.
18th Dec: Make your teacher a Christmas gift.
19th Dec: Go on an evening drive/walk to look at all the Christmas lights in the neighbouthood.
20th Dec: Make some Christmas hand prints or craft
21st Dec: Choose another Christmas movie to watch with popcorn and ice-cream.
22nd Dec: Go Christmas shopping to buy each other a gift.
23rd Dec: Do a fun Christmas holiday activity like ice-skating
24th Dec: Leave out some snacks and a note for Santa and his reindeer
25th Dec: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE 🙂
If you would like the full instructions on how to make this beautiful advent calendar yourself, you can get it from Amanda’s blog at My Little Table Designs HERE.
Do you have any favourite Christmas traditions that your family does every year??