12 Days Of Christmas Activities
December 3, 2017
It is December everyone and that means it is finally time to get into the holiday spirit! As a new mom, I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with my son, creating new memories, and establishing life-long traditions for our family. So, I’ve compiled a list down below of twelve fun activities any parent(s) can do with their little one(s) for the holiday season. I plan on getting each activity on the list done before Christmas is over and continue to fulfill these activities for every year to come.
1. Countdown With an Advent Calendar
There is no better way to pass down the days until Christmas than creating your advent calendar! As a fun DIY project, you can choose a religious or non-religious theme for your calendar. You decide the items you want to include, and how or where they’ll all be arranged for your little one to pick out from. If you’re not the crafty type or have the time then go ahead and buy a calendar from any local store! Every season, stores stock up on many advent calendars and place them front and center for customers to buy them. If your little one is a chocolate lover then give them the opportunity to eat one piece of chocolate a night!
2. Make a Gingerbread House
A very popular tradition that encourages families to sit around the table and get creative together while they eat some candy! You’ll find Gingerbread House kits in your local stores or go online and buy one.
3. Write a Letter to Santa
Children look forward to seeing what gifts Santa left behind for them, but why don’t they write him a letter in advance? Let your little one know they can handwrite a personal letter to Santa, letting them know how well they’ve behaved and what they’d want under their tree for this holiday season. After the letter is written, you (the parent) can mail it out to the North Pole!
4. Photo With Santa Claus
After they write their letter to the big ‘ol guy, it is time to meet him in person! Santa is waiting for children to sit on his lap for a photo. As a matter of fact, this tradition never gets old; the lines at the malls now-a-days are outrageous, but it is definitely worth the wait. Check out your local mall hours of operation and make an appointment so your little one(s) can sit on Santa and get a photo snapped for this year.
5. Make Festive Cookies
The smell of freshly baked cookies is heavenly! A family who bakes together, stays together. So get the family on board and make a batch of cookies– really any kind you want. I think sugar cookies are the best because you can decorate them and make them look very festive. Also, having gingerbread men cookies this time of year will have your house smelling of cinnamon. If you have any leftovers then be sure to save a plate for Santa’s arrival!
6. Read Christmas Stories
Children enjoy a great bed-time story so gather up your favorite childhood Christmas stories and read one a night to your little one(s). I have a few classics that I will be reading to Drew this holiday season down below.
7. Sing Christmas Songs
Are you someone who gets super excited when you hear a Christmas song playing in your local grocery store? Well, the classics are playing everywhere now! There are some songs that really scream ‘Christmas,’ and you should hear them whenever you want. I say crank up your stereo at home and start playing them all day long while you cook, clean, and lounge around. Your kid(s) will love the songs and dance along. Below is a list of my favorite Christmas songs that never get old for me.
- Jingle Bells
- Santa Baby
- Let It Snow
- Winter Wonderland
- Feliz Navidad
8. DIY Stockings
I think one of the most captivating Christmas decorations is a mantle full of stockings. It’s so elegant and classic looking. Some people buy the perfect stocking hangers, but why not do it yourself? It can be super fun to get the whole family on board to make their own, however they want, and store for years to come. If you want to make your own but have no idea where to begin then check out this link for helpful tips!
9. Handmade Gifts
There is something truly meaningful about a gift that was made by a person rather than bought from a store. Children do arts and crafts at school all the time, but why not get creative in the home at this time as well? If they want to get you a gift this year then tell them to make it from items they find around the home.
10. Ornament Making
When it is time to set the tree and decorate it, all hands are on deck for this occasion. Yet, not many people add their own personal touches to their tree anymore. Your children can get crafty and make their own ornaments to hang on the tree. It would be so wonderful to see decorations on the tree that you and your little one(s) made for the season that could be re-used for years to come.
11. Christmas Movie Night
You could dedicate every night to watching a Christmas movie classic with a bowl of popcorn! I eat popcorn on the regular but having my son watch a Christmas film with me on the couch? Yeah, definitely adds to the Christmas festivity vibes. Down below I have my five family-friendly favorite Christmas movies!
- Home Alone
- The Polar Express
- A Christmas Story
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
12. Christmas Light Show
My all-time favorite out-door activity for this holiday season has always been to see the houses decorated. Go ahead and pack your little one(s) in the car and drive around your neighborhood to find the houses with the over-the-top Christmas lights and decorations!