Saturday, November 26, 2011

Countdown to Christmas

My halls are nearly decked. But one thing I made sure to have done by December 1st (I'm early!) is my Advent calendar. I have wanted to do an Advent calendar and/or Countdown to Christmas for a couple of years. But after seeing the idea on Pinterest to do an "activity" Advent, I was sold. The idea is to do an activity (big or small) or tradition each day in December until Christmas. Most of the activities I chose are things we would do anyway at home during this season. This is relatively low key, but I think it will be fun for Ethan (and eventually Logan) to pull out each day's tag and see what we'll be doing that day.

You could DIY your advent calendar out of scrapbook paper or with felt (both of which are super-cute). I love that felt one so much I almost made it this year. But I've had my eye on the Pottery Barn Kids Telluride Advent calendar for a few years now. It always sells out so quickly, but this year, I snagged one really early and I love it!


For the tags to go inside, I made my own in Photoshop and printed them on cardstock. I got two spools of fun Christmas ribbon in the $1 section at Target, which I used to finish off the tags.




Here's our full list of activities. It actually took me a while to decide on some of them. Some of them are happening on certain dates, but for most of them, I'm pretty sure I will be switching around tags each evening based on what I want to do the next day!

1. Drink Hot Chocolate
2. Drive around and look at Christmas Lights
3. Make Christmas Cookies
4. Make Gingerbread House
5. Watch a Christmas Movie
6. See the Trains at Northpark
7. Ride the Polar Express
8. Enjoy a fire in the fireplace
9. Have Snowman donuts for breakfast
10. Read the story of the birth of Jesus
11. Do a Christmas Puzzle
12. Color special Christmas pictures
13. Get a new Christmas book
14. Buy gifts for our Angel Tree Child
15. Wrap some presents
16. Have a family picnic/movie night
17. Bake a Christmas treat
18. Make presents for preschool teachers
19. Do a Christmas scavenger hunt
20. Sing Christmas Carols
21. Go have lunch with daddy
22. Visit Santa
23. Wear Christmas Pajamas
24. Read Christmas books

Here are my tags available for download (click the photo) if you'd like to use them for your own Advent calendar or just for gift tags.



Lindsay said...

Awesome! Thanks for another great idea. I will be copying this one as well. And using your printables. Thanks Rachel!

Mary said...

I am SOOO glad you said you were going to switch tags, because I was hyperventilating just thinking of having to do a big event on a day every kiddo was in meltdown! This would be a fun tradition to copy...maybe someday! ;-)

Blair said...

I hijacked your tag printables and, with a little cropping, turned them into placecards for my Christmas dinner tables! They look really cute - thanks!