While I love the idea of spreading our advent activities over the entire month of December, we’ve never successfully done that without petering out halfway through the month.
Twenty-five days of activities — even simple ones — is a lot on top of shopping for and wrapping gifts and normal life duties! (Although we will be doing the Truth in the Tinsel devotional every day, since that’s a small and doable activity that really helps us focus on “the reason for the season” as well as a traditional advent wreath.)
A couple of years ago, we stumbled into the idea of doing a 12 days of Christmas countdown instead. I take the two weeks or so before Christmas off as much as possible just to focus on family, and it works out to be the perfect number of activities and days (although, in full disclosure, we still end up skipping some days and doubling up activities on others!).
Now, I know that the 12 days of Christmas actually refer to the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany, and I mean no disrespect to anyone by using that phrase to describe our advent activities. Celebrating between Christmas and Epiphany is simply not part of our faith tradition, and the classic Christmas carol makes it a catchy phrase, so we go with it! Last year we made a baby sock calendar. This year, I’m using the printable advent calendar ornaments for our countdown, and here are the activities (most of which are annual traditions for our family) we have planned.
- bake candy cane cookies
- make pretzel treats
- ring the Salvation Army bell
- make ornaments with friends
- deliver cookies to our doctors’ offices
- shop for the sibling gift exchange
- go see Christmas lights
- sleep by the Christmas tree
- make eggnog
- watch Polar Express
- make popcorn garlands for our feathered friends
- read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve
Join us as we celebrate 101 Days of Christmas with new DIY projects, gift ideas, traditions and more every day from now through Christmas!