There is a saying that I heard once “you never knew how much you loved Christmas until you have children”. Being a mom, I want to make Christmas a special as I can for my daughter. I also don’t want to make it just about receiving presents. Even though my daughter is very young I tried to tell her that experiences makes life special not materials. Here is a list of things you can do everyday to countdown to Christmas and make the holiday season special.
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Get an Advent calendar. This is a great way to get the little ones excited about Christmas. Each morning have count down to Christmas. I got a really cute Melissa and Doug Advent Calendar on Amazon. It’s a wooden cut out magnetic tree with little wooden magnetic ornaments. I can’t want for her to take one off every day to countdown Christmas.
You can also get an Elf on the Shelf. Who doesn’t like a visit from one of Santa’s elves? Click here for more Christmas traditions
Here is a sample list of holiday activities to every day until Christmas.
December 1st: Put up and decorate Christmas Tree.
December 2nd: Make a Christmas ornament for our tree (I try to do this each year).
December 3rd: Decorate the rest of the house with Christmas decorations.
December 4th: Write a letter to Santa and send it to the North Pole.
December 5th: Attend a local Christmas festival or tree lighting. Check your paper for local events throughout the month of December.
December 6th: Make a Christmas Craft
December 7th: Take a family Christmas photo. Turn your photo into an ornament for the tree.
December 8th: Visit Santa and take pictures.
December 9th: Go Ice Skating.
December 10th: Watch a Christmas Movie.
December 11th: Do something Charitable. This year I am going to make a care package and send it to a soldier.
December 12th: Build and decorate a gingerbread house.
December 13th: If you live in New York visit Rockefeller Center, Macy’s Santaland and the windows on 5th Ave.
December 14th: Send Christmas Cards. Yes, people still do this. Have the kids make them and send them to the grandparents or close relatives.
December 15th: Go Christmas shopping with the kids, let them help you pick out gifts for loved ones.
December 16th: Have a family sing-a-long and sing your favorite Christmas songs while having some hot cocoa.
December 17th: Pick out matching Christmas PJ’s for the whole family.
December 18th: Drive around and look at Christmas lights. For extra fun wear the matching PJ’s.
December 19th: Wrap gifts with the kids.
December 20th: Decorate Christmas stockings.
December 21st: Make and decorate Christmas Cookies.
December 22nd: Make and play with pretend snow. Click here for recipe or if you live in an area with snow, make a snowman for Santa.
December 23rd: Make reindeer food. Click here for the recipe.
December 24th: Open Christmas Eve box, click here for ideas, leave cookies for Santa, spread out Reindeer food on the lawn, read “T’was the Night Before Christmas…”
Hope your holiday season is magical. Happy Holidays!