One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was when mom would take out the beautiful, handmade advent calendar each year. The top had a big green felt tree on it with little garlands and the bottom had a pocket for each day. My sisters and I would take turns taking a teeny little ornament out each day and hanging (AKA pinning) it on the tree. She also kept a bowl of small chocolate Santas nearby and we were allowed one a day. This was a big deal!
So fast forward thirty-some-odd years and I am now in charge of my own little family’s advent calendar. Let’s just say my mom had the right idea with the whole decorating the tree thing! Our advent calendar sports a beautiful snowman with 25 little pockets all over him just begging to be filled. When I first got it I thought of putting on chocolate Santa in each pocket but some pockets are teeny and we also had a yellow lab that ate anything that had touched food within the last 20 years or so.
So I immediately brainstormed a bunch of simple and fun advent activities and treats that my kids would love and would really spark their Christmas spirit. My list has evolved over the years but I thought I would share with you what I have come up with over the past couple of years in the form of a printable PDF. Some days are experiences, some days are about giving to and thinking about others, and some are just good old-fashioned treats!
This SIX page PDF includes 30 different advent activities and ideas plus a page of blanks so you can create your own. Just download, print, stuff that advent calendar and prepare to have a super fun, super meaningful advent this year. XO