This Year’s Advent Activites

Advent Calendar

Last Year's Advent Calendar

My favorite time of the year is Advent.  The waiting, the anticipation, the excitement, the music, the warmth… it makes me wish it were even longer!  Four weeks will have to suffice, though.  To make the most of it, I fill our Advent calendar with Christmas activities so we have something new to do each day.  This year Advent starts on November 28th.  To prepare, I compiled a list of activities from last year’s ideas and various ideas from around the internet* to make one (long-ish) list of ideas from which to choose.  I’m not sure how I’ll narrow it down.  Perhaps Advent may start a little early at our house this year!

  • Burn off the Thanksgiving Five – write out a workout routine, AND FOLLOW IT!
  • Take a winter walk
  • Drink hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows
  • Donate to a charity
  • Volunteer
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Donate to Goodwill
  • Go to Mass
  • Make homemade caramel corn and watch Miracle on 34th Street
  • Watch It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Have a “formal dinner”
  • Hang mistletoe
  • Pick out a Christmas Tree
  • Make Christmas cards and tags
  • Donate canned food to a food drive
  • Make gingerbread men
  • Create a Christmas craft
  • Make painted glass Christmas ornaments
  • Make Christmas candy
  • See the The Nutcracker
  • Go see Nutcracker in the Castle
  • Drive around the city to see Christmas lights
  • Watch a Christmas concert
  • Open a Christmas gift early (on Christmas Eve)
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Buy a Christmas CD
  • Hang stockings
  • Put out Christmas decorations
  • 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, or snowshoeing)
  • Get a Christmas wreath
  • Have a holiday party
  • Visit relatives
  • Get a gift for someone on the Angel Tree
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Have a game night
  • Make a winter bird feeder

*Thanks to the following blogs for ideas:  A Peek Inside the Fishbowl, We Are THAT Family, and The Beckley Blog.

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