It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement, the magic and wonder that I get to experience through my kids, the hot cocoa and treats, the reminder of my blessings, and the constant reminder of our Savior’s birth. I love doing an advent activity calendar so we can celebrate Christmas every day in December.
Back in September, I made it out to Hobby Lobby. Imagine my GLEE when I saw that their Christmas stuff was already out. I have NO problem with seeing Christmas stuff put out well before Christmas. The nearest Hobby Lobby is over 2 hours from my house, so I used that as an excuse to pick some stuff up without guilt since I might not make it back before Christmas. I saw this cute little gold sleigh and snagged it for 40% off. I had no idea what I was going to do with it. At first I thought maybe I’d fill it with ornaments… but then I thought how cute it would be filled with mini gift boxes?!
I found some inexpensive kraft jewelry boxes on Etsy. They are pretty close to the size of a mini box of matches. They came in a set of 25 for $7.50 (plus shipping). I purchased some glitter card stock and used my trusty Silhouette Cameo to cut out my numbers and glued them to the tops of the boxes. I added some embellishments to some of them, printed out our activities and placed them inside, then piled them into the sleigh!
I thought I’d share our activities in case you are looking for some ideas. Some of these have photos from years past. I have all these activities typed into my iCal so if I need to shuffle things around later, I know which boxes to check.
1. Write letters to Santa
2. Prophets Foretold the Coming of Christ Family Home Evening (free lesson plan on A Year of FHE)
3. Pick out a toy at the store to donate
4. Unwrap a new Christmas book and read it together (I’ll be picking up The Polar Express this year)
5. Pick out a Christmas tree and decorate
6. Clean out toy bins, organize, and donate unused toys
7. Go to the church Christmas party and meet Santa
8. Take silly photo booth photos (we’re using these cute, free printables from Catching Fireflies)
9. Come Let Us Adore Him Family Home Evening (from the Family Home Evening Resource Manual, which you can view for free here)
10. Make a Christmas craft (I haven’t decided what yet, but we might make ornaments or just do something simple like cut out paper snowflakes)
11. Donate food to a food drive
12. Make snowman pancakes
13. Decorate a gingerbread house
14. Unwrap a new Christmas movie, pop popcorn, and watch it (We’re buying Elf… I can’t believe we haven’t added this to our collection yet!)
15. Make Christmas cards for grandparents
16. Gifts for the Savior Family Home Evening (free lesson plan on A Year of FHE)
17. Make homemade hot chocolate
18. Make a gift for school teacher
19. Perform a random act of kindness (like pay for someone’s lunch or leave a little cash for someone)
20. Campout in front of the Christmas tree – this is one of our favorite parts of December! We pull out mom and dad’s mattress, watch movies, eat treats, and sleep in front of the tree! This tradition is never complete without some jumping on the bed the following morning!
21. Make treats for friends – baking day
22. Drive around and look at Christmas lights and bring some hot chocolate and snacks for the ride
23. Symbols of Christmas Family Home Evening (we’ll be merging this free lesson plan with the story at the end of this post)
24. Make cookies for Santa
So fun! I love December! Feel free to share your favorite December traditions in the comments. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!