This time of year is full of family traditions. From eating a big piece of Grandma’s pecan pie after a Thanksgiving feast, to Christmas caroling with your homeschool co-op, to attending mass on Christmas Eve, most families have a holiday tradition, or traditions, that they look forward to every year that makes the season extra special and memorable.
Grab you copy of the printable Advent Activities calendar below. You also may be interested in our Christmas Journal Writing prompts freebie!
One of the family traditions that our family enjoys every year is one that we have carried over from my childhood – counting down to Christmas with a needlepoint Advent calendar that my mother made.
My family now uses the very same calendar that I used when I was growing up. As our family grew, having one Advent calendar just wasn’t enough. As the number of kids in our family grew, so did the number of Advent calendars we had going each December – chocolate ones, Lego ones, nativity ones, ornament ones, just to name a few. Last year I decided that it was getting to be a little too much – keeping track of all the Advent calendars and remembering whose turn it was to do which calendar – so I decided to make an Advent calendar that was all about spending time together as a family, allowing us to make the tradition more meaningful and even more memorable.
I modified the Advent calendar a little bit for this year, making it fairly quick and simple to make, so that I could share it with my fellow, busy, homeschooling moms.
The calendar consists of 25 printable cards, with each card having a different activity on the back for you to do as a family. I have also included cards that are blank on the back so you can choose your own family activities and just write them in on the back (printing instructions are provided in the download).
The materials you’ll need to make the Printable Advent Activities Calendar are:
- color printer
- ribbon, string, or yarn
- hooks or large push pins
- small clothespins
- laminator (optional)
Instructions for making the Printable Advent Activities Calendar:
- print out cards as instructed in the download
- laminate (if desired)
- cut out cards
- hang ribbon with hooks or push pins
- clip the cards to the ribbon with clothespins
If you would like to add this Advent Activities Calendar to your family’s holiday traditions, simply,
Download the Printable Advent Activities Calendar
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The activities that I’ve included are:
- Make a gingerbread house
- Read your favorite Christmas storybook
- Watch your favorite Christmas movie (and don’t forget the popcorn)
- Make homemade ice cream
- Make paper snowflakes
- Have a family camp out in the living room
- Have a candy cane eating contest
- Go through your toys and donate ones you no longer play with
- Make homemade Christmas gifts
- Play outside
- Go to the local museum
- Make a Christmas craft
- Bake a birthday cake for Jesus
- Make and send Christmas cards
- Have family game night
- Enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows
- Sing and play Christmas songs
- Perform a ‘Random Act of Kindness’
- Give a treat to the birds (make a bird feeder)
- Make Christmas ornaments
- Drive or walk around the neighborhood and look at Christmas lights
- Make Christmas cookies
- Act out the Christmas story
- Have a picnic dinner by the light of the Christmas tree
- Be Blessed! Enjoy and spend the day with family
We haven’t given up all of our other Advent calendars completely (we still do the one my mother made and each child has their own chocolate one, which are just 99 cents at Aldis), we just changed our focus to be more about spending quality, meaningful time together as a family.