Anyone else struggling this Monday? After a few days of sleeping in, eating turkey, and shopping, I’m not quite ready to return to “normal”. I am, however, ready to dive into the Christmas season. I always have a long list of things I want to experience during the holidays, but if I don’t plan them out, the season ends, and I haven’t done half the things I intended to do. I have found that scheduling activities has been extremely helpful, and in order to keep the scheduling festive, I create an Activity Advent Calendar.
For Thanksgiving, I made a frame for our thankful leaves. Having taken those down, I realized I could reuse the frame to create our advent calendar.
The first thing I did was make a list of everything I wanted to do for the holidays. Here are some ideas. Feel free to print off a copy.
Because there tends to be a lot going on in December, I grabbed my planner. On nights where something was already planned, I scheduled a quick activity. This might be dinner by candlelight, or reading a Christmas story before bed. On really crazy days, I do a “gift day”. I buy a few items in the dollar section and hide them around the house for the kids to find. It typically takes 5-10 minutes, but still creates excitement.
For days in which we have more time (weekends), I plan longer activities: ice skating, sledding, making gingerbread houses, baking cookies, etc.
Once I have figured out which activities to schedule each day, I write them down and number them according to the day of December in which they will take place. My kids head straight to the calendar each morning to see what’s been planned.
I hope you enjoy all this season has to offer!