I have a thing about Advent calendars. My mom once made one out of felt, beads, rick-rack, and other sewing treasures. The background is a tree, and each day you hang the individual ornaments (from the angel at the top of the tree to the Santa at the bottom of the tree) on the bead hangers. As a child, I was obsessed with it.
There is not one that I’ve found since to meet it.
But…the Pinteresting Blogosphere has oodles of ideas about Advent calendars. My new fave type is the advent calendar that has activities listed for each day of December. A few years ago (after Christmas), I picked up an already-made felt advent calendar Christmas tree with little numbered pockets that you stick a candy cane in each day to track the season. This year, instead of moving the candy cane, I’m going to stuff the pockets with activities. And today, I will share with you the tags that I plan to place in the pockets. I’ve even made a few extra if you don’t have the possibility of doing those particular activities.
The plan (by day) goes something like this:
December 1: Make Christmas ornaments
December 2: Watch the Frosty movie
December 3: Family Christmas picture
December 4: Write a letter to Santa
December 5: Visit Santa
December 6: Put up lights/Decorate the tree
December 7: Christmas candy making day
December 8: Mail Christmas cards
December 9: Read Elf on the Shelf
December 10: Polar Express movie night
December 11: Unwrap a Christmas book to read
December 12: Eat dinner by candlelight
December 13: Create a snowscape with shaving cream and action figures
December 14: Watch Elf (Hopefully, Muffin won’t fall asleep this time)
December 15: Decorate the windows of Muffin’s room
December 16: Write a letter to Santa about our elf
December 17: Play a card or board game
December 18: Baking evening
December 19: Drive around to see Christmas lights
December 20: Decorate cookies
December 21: Decorate presents at Granny’s
December 22: Go Christmas shopping at Dollar Tree (for Muffin to buy gifts for family)/Wrap presents
December 23: Cooking day with Mom
December 24: Leave out Cookies and Milk for Santa
Please see below for the printable file of each page. Click on each image to print from Google Drive.
What are you planning for this December? Are you obsessed with Advent calendars, as well?