I am so excited for Christmas. I am amazed that I have been able to restrain myself from putting up the Christmas decorations yet! But with December just over a week away, my thoughts have turned to advent!
Harper is 14 months old, and has a cow’s milk allergy, so I found myself searching for an advent calendar other than the standard chocolate-a-day ones. There are lots on the market, and I loved the look of the Lego ones – however I felt she was still a little too young for most I saw. So I decided to create our own! We have a fabric advent calendar that allows you to put items of your choice into each day – so I have created small print outs of Christmas things we will do that day. Some days are fancier than others, and I had to take into account work days.
Here is my list;
December 1st – Play with a Christmas treasure basket (to be filled with tinsel, pinecones, a DIY snowglobe, a Santa hat, a plastic cookie cutter, and wrapping paper.
December 2nd – Watch a Christmas movie. I think Arthur Christmas may be the movie of choice here.
December 3rd – Make Christmas cards.
December 4th – Read a new Christmas book at bedtime.
December 5th – Go to the Garden Centre to ride on the carousel.
December 6th – Visit the Christmas shop to look at the decorations and lights.
December 7th – Visit the reindeer at a Christmas fair.
December 8th – Make a Christmas decoration.
December 9th – Meet Father Christmas.
December 10th – Big family pre-Christmas meal.
December 11th – Watch a Christmas movie – this choice of movie is TBC.
December 12th – Christmas craft day.
December 13th – Wear a Christmas jumper to nursery.
December 14th – Paint a Christmas rock (if you have seen my Instagram stories you may have seen the latest craze in my area to paint, hide and find rocks – its such a lovely initiative!).
December 15th – Hide painted rocks and search for new ones.
December 16th – Listen to the Christmas organ at the cathedral
December 17th – Walk around the neighbourhood and look for Christmas lights
December 18th – Visit the nativity at the cathedral
December 19th – Christmas colouring
December 20th – New Christmas bedtime story
December 21st – Visit the garden centre to look at the displays
December 22nd – Christmas baking
December 23rd – Walk around Grandma’s neighbourhood and look at the Christmas lights
December 24th – Christingle at church
Do you have any Christmas traditions? I would love to hear them for some inspiration!
4 thoughts on “Christmas Advent Inspiration – not a chocolate in sight!”
What a wonderful idea! I am trying to think of wats to adapt this for my students! Thank you for sharing!
That’s a great idea!! What age are they??
Teenagers so needs a bit of imagination on my part! Next year I will have Year 8, so most will be 12.