advent calendar

Advent Calendar

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time then you know I really get into Christmas. One of the ways I really like to celebrate is to do an advent calendar but do small activities everyday to get us ready for Christmas. (I hate the feeling when you realize Christmas is a few days away and you haven’t taken time to enjoy it.) I put together a large list of Christmas activities. Some are big like: See the Nutcracker ot Do the Handel’s Messiah singalong. But most are small like: drink hot cocoa or watch It’s a Wonderful life. We loved doing this even before we had kids and I hear older kids LOVE it. Here is part of the list.

Go Ice Skating
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life, make spiced cider.
Exchange gifts
Make Christmas Cookies for friends.
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.

See the whole list here.

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Advent Calendar Ideas

I had a few people ask me for my advent calendar activity list. These are ideas I’ve gathered for the last two years. My friend Rachel gave me a list last year and Emily also gave me a few suggestions last year, and some of these are family traditions.

Go Ice Skating
Watch It’s a Wonderful Life, make spiced cider.
Exchange gifts
Make Christmas Cookies for friends.
Find Mistletoe, hang it in our house and kiss under it.
Address and Mail Christmas Cards
Go to Borders and Pick out one new Christmas CD.
Go to The Nutcracker
Handel’s Messiah Sing Along
Leave out wooden shoes on December 5
Go to the Oakland Temple to see the Nativity
Make Thick Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallows
Host a Christmas Sweater Party
Put up a ribbon sash for Christmas cards
Donate canned goods
Give neighbors a present
Put up a wreath
Make a Gingerbread house
Make a popcorn garland
Make hot chocolate and read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Sing (or listen) to favorite Christmas songs
Drive around to see neighborhood lights
Go out and see public light display
Read Christmas story from the Bible and the Book of Mormon
Open a gift (new stocking or pajamas or pillowcase)
Make a family traditional dessert
Eat out at a festive restaurant
Go to a seasonal movie
Tell stories of childhood Christmas around the fire
Have a romantic candlelit dinner by the Christmas tree
Make decorative sugar cookies
Sign up to purchase gifts for a needy child
Host a Christmas dessert party
Write out a Christ-centered goal to start early for the New Year
Have a movie party (classic Christmas clips)
Go to a Christmas Concert
Attend City tree lighting event
Have a full traditional breakfast while listening to Christmas music



{This advent calendar from Target}

Advent Calendar

Last year Paul had the idea to do 12 days of Christmas for each other. It was really fun but a little exhausting to look for really good presents 12 days in a row. This year we talked about doing something similiar but doing a small gift exchange with an advent calendar. I was hanging out with my friend Rachel and she was telling me how she and her husband do an advent calendar where they do some sort of Christmasy activity every night. I thought that was an excellent idea, so I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas for us to mix with our present exchange. Here are the ideas I have so far, I need more ideas so please list any ideas you might have in the comment section: {Emily helped me with a lot of these.}

1. Going Ice Skating at the Embarcadero
2. Go to Union Square to see the big tree
3. Not So Silent Night {not Christmas oriented but awesome}
4. Grease Sing Along at the Castro Theatre {not Christmas oriented but awesome}
5. Handel’s Messiah Sing Along
6. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life
7. Go to the Oakland Temple to see the Nativity
8. Kiss under the Mistletoe
9. Make Thick Hot Chocolate and Homemade Marshmallows
10. Host a Christmas Sweater Party
11. Attend the Nutcracker
12. Put up a ribbon sash for Christmas cards
13. Make pomanders {kissing balls}
14. Donate canned goods
15. Give neighbors a present
16. Put up a wreath
17. Make a popcorn garland