At the end of November, I pulled out the Advent Calendar that my husband (then boyfriend) bought for my birthday last year. He had filled it with Hershey Kisses and mini chocolate bars. There was a treat every day!
This year, I went a different route. In each little door, I put a small slip of paper with an activity written on it. We take turns opening a door each day (he’s evens, I’m odds). It has been so much fun to celebrate Christmas with each other every single day! I placed each slip of paper in with a general sense of time (i.e. make Christmas candy right before Christmas, do time-intensive activities on the weekend), but in all reality we have been opening each door and doing the activity on a day and time that suited us. We actually have four activities “backlogged,” but I’m okay with that.
I should have written all of the activities down to begin with, but I didn’t, so here’s my best shot from memory, in no particular order.
1. Burn off the Thanksgiving Five – go work out!
2. Take a winter walk
3. Drink hot coaco
4. See the lights at the Botanical Gardens
5. Pick a volunteer activity
6. Buy a Christmas gift for each other – a Wii Nintendo game
7. Donate to Goodwill
8. Bake Christmas cookies
9. Go to Church
10. Watch Miracle on 34th Street
11. Watch It’s A Wonderful Life
12. Have a “formal dinner”
13. Pick out a Christmas Tree
14. Make Christmas cards and tags
15. Make Christmas ornaments
16. Make Christmas candy
17. Donate money to a charity
18. Drive around the city to see Christmas lights
19. Ring bells for the Salvation Army
20-23. I can’t remember what I put in the rest of the days… we’ll just have to wait and see!
24. Open a Christmas gift early (on Christmas Eve)
25. Give each other a kiss and celebrate our first Christmas as a family!
Ideas for next year:
- Listen to Christmas music (maybe buy a Christmas CD?)
- Hang stockings
- Put out Christmas decorations
- Drink eggnog
- Write Christmas cards
- Go shopping for Christmas gifts
- Go to the winter farmer’s market
- Read Christmas stories to each other
- Hang up Christmas lights
- Do a winter sport (sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing)
- Get a Christmas wreath
- Have a holiday party
- Visit relatives
I’ve enjoyed this activity even more than I expected, and it’s a great way to spend quality time together during such a busy time of year.