Advent Activity Calendar

Yesterday I spent some time prepping the advent activity calendar. Each day has a Christmas activity for the boys to do. I tried to plan it out so that the big events landed on the weekends and the weeknights had a more low key activity. And…there are three days that I’m not sure what the activity will be! Hoping to fill those in as I go. ;)

Here are some of the activities we’ll do:
Write a Christmas letter.
Make a Christmas gift.
Make Christmas cookies.
See the trains at Grand Central.
Watch Elf.
Buy a toy for the toy drive.
Go see Dyker Lights.
Watch the Polar Express.
Get the Christmas tree.
Go to Rockefeller Center.

Do you do something like this with your family? What are the activities that you do? I could use a few more ideas!


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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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11 Responses to Advent Activity Calendar

  1. Susan says:

    Hmm. I think I remember wishing I’d done this last year. But it sounds like a lot of work right now :)

    Well, there’s lot’s more movies you could add. We like Muppets Christmas Carol and–would your boys be into It’s a Wonderful Life? Or all those ones from when we were kids: Grinch, Rudolph, etc.

    Or, you could get them each a new Christmas book and have a read aloud day?

    Make ornaments?

    Go on a “Capture Christmas” walk and snap pictures around your neighborhood?

    Letters to Santa (do you do Santa? I can’t remember.)

    • robyn says:

      I went through last year’s stash and “Jingle All the Way to the Johnstons” was in there. :)

      Are you doing the wrapped Christmas books again this year?

      Do we do Santa? I’m not sure….

  2. Plume says:

    We usually do the trains at Grand Central and Rockefeller on the same trip. It’s a Christmas tradition for us, one that we look for to do every year. Especially by a little someone in this household with a train obsession, ha.

    You can go check out the train exhibit at NYBG, visit the shops at Bryant Park and go on the carrousel. Bryant Park is lovely during Christmas.

  3. Loralee says:

    I actually stole this idea from you a few years ago, I think… :) We also make a gingerbread house, a cotton ball snowman (the real stuff is always a little unpredictable), hang up stockings, make paper snowflakes, string up popcorn and cranberry garland, roast chestnuts, make and drink egg nog, make caramel popcorn one day, and then deliver it to our neighbors for another, pick out and wrap a present for their brother.

  4. AmyK says:

    Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa

    Set up our Lionel trains

    Make candy cane reindeer (need brown pipe cleaners, google eyes and tiny red Pom Poms for nose)

    Sing carols

    Write Christmas cards for classmates.

  5. christina says:

    I always liked “make your own cocoa” day (which I still do now as an adult with friends, though admittedly, we also choose some more “grown up” mix-ins). We make our hot chocolate, and then set out as many options to mix in as we can think up – marshmallows, candy canes, vanilla syrup, sprinkles, cinnamon…. When I did this growing up with my parents, we did little tiny mugs so we could try as many flavors as possible.

    • robyn says:

      LITTLE MUGS!? that’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. I’m DEFINITELY on the hunt for little mugs now!!

  6. Susan says:

    IKEA sells little mugs and saucers in a six-pack for about $10. We have some for after-dinner coffee. I bet you’re ready for another trip to Ikea, right?

    We are not doing the wrapped books again this year. I’m just going to unload the whole box at once at the start of Advent. I think having a present every day–even a small one like a book that wasn’t even necessarily new–kind of took some of the excitement out of presents later in the season. Plus it was a ton of work :)

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