Fun Family Advent Calendar

We’re finishing up our schoolwork at the the end of November, which means lots of time for Christmas things! Yes, our tree has been up for ages and we’ve been singing Christmas carols for a while now – but there’s no such thing as too much Christmas spirit, is there?

No, there isn’t.

We do the Jesse Tree every year, which is always a great way to remind my children that the focus of Christmas/Advent is Jesus, but I also like to do other crafty things as well.

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This year, I’ve put together some fun family activities as we count down to Advent. Scroll to the bottom for a free printable.

1. Take a family Christmas photo. This was ours from last year.

Fun Family Advent Calendar

2. Make Christmas cards.

3. Make gifts for friends. Spoiler alert: Angie is making these bracelets and Emmy is making these yarn dolls.

4. Make gift wrap.

5. Create an artwork while listening to a Christmas carol.

6. Make ornaments for the Christmas tree. Try these cut-and-colour ones, or these cute felt stars.

7. Have your children choose some of their toys to donate. (It may be a good idea to go through the toy box in advance and remove toys that have been forgotten, but will cause tears and exclamations of “But that’s my favourite!” if they’re seen again.)

8. Go through everyone’s closets and choose a few things to donate. (Can you tell I’m on a bit of a decluttering mission at the moment?)

9. Make some sandwiches or small food hampers to hand out to the people who beg at the traffic lights.

10. Choose your family’s favourite fun Christmas song – or two, or three – and make a music video.

11. Learn a Christmas poem.

12. Read a Christmas story together. Ambleside Online has some wonderful suggestions. I haven’t decided which one to do yet; I may do quite a few.

13. Write a Christmas poem, either as a family or individually. Angie likes to make up poems all the time, so I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.

14. Look up Christmas traditions from another country.

15. Read the Nativity story from the book of Luke.

16. The 16th December is Reconciliation Day in South Africa. Decorate a Christmas cross and talk about why Jesus was born and what it took to reconcile us to God.

17. Print out some comic strip templates and have your children illustrate the Nativity story in a comic strip.

18. Read about St Nicholas and other Christmas traditions. Buck Denver’s Why Do We Call It Christmas? is a great resource for kids and helped us when it was time to explain that Santa isn’t real.

19. Write and decorate encouraging notes to slip into people’s stockings.

20. Make puppets and have your children retell the Nativity story.

21. Bake Christmas cookies. I usually use this recipe but I’m going to try out this gluten-free version this year.

Fun Family Advent Calendar

22. Watch a Christmas movie together. Grab some popcorn, flavoured water (or something warm, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), and set up a mini theatre in the lounge.

23. Bake this Choco-Coconut Christmas Cake. It’s gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free, and it’s my new favourite thing.

24. Record a video or voice note of your children singing a carol or “We wish you a merry Christmas” to send to friends and family.

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Fun Family Advent Calendar

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