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Christmas Advent Calendar

An advent calendar is a way to count down the days until Christmas. It helps to build a sense of anticipation throughout the month of December (as if the shops don't do that for us already) and in my version, it also acts as a way to focus on the family unit doing things together at a time when there are so many external activities going on.

Advent Calendar 2007

Advent Calendar 2010To help you get started, have a look at the Instructable I posted for our 2010 advent calendar. And here's another two toilet roll variation plus the strung up toilet roll variation.

Here's a list of activities that you could incorporate (adapt to suit your family situation):

  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Blow bubbles
  • Go for a walk after dinner
  • Post Christmas cards
  • Cloud watching
  • Fish and chips at the beach
  • Sing christmas carols (or go to a community carols event)
  • Play a board game
  • Fly a kite
  • Eat popcorn
  • View Christmas lights (visit houses in the neighbourhood who have their lights displayed)
  • Play a game of soccer ball
  • Put up Christmas tree
  • Cook dinner for mummy
  • Take photos of each other
  • Give massages to each other
  • Watch a Christmas movie
  • Stargazing
  • Go bike riding
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Call distant friends [i.e. call friends or family far away]
  • Bake biscuits for friends
  • Visit Friends [i.e. the ones that you don't see normally during the year]
  • Help out at a charity
  • Go op shopping
  • Make a paper chain decoration
  • Paint each others nails
  • Make a gingerbread house

Download this list as a PDF ready for you to cut out and insert into your own calendar.

BTW, if you haven't guessed, we're in Australia which is why having fish and chips at the beach is something we are able to do.

Got any more suggestions to add to this list? Contact me and I'll include them here.

Recycled Newspaper Advent Calendar 2008Advent Calendar 2009

And if that wasn't enough, here are a few more recycled advent calendar ideas:

 

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