Advent Christmas Tree
I am so excited to be participating in today’s Christmas Tree Hop! Thank you Angela from Unexpected Elegance for making this happen!
Growing up we always had a advent calendar, no chocolate or toys inside, just a count down till Christmas would arrive. I wanted to give our children the same memories that I had growing up but with a twist.
It is so easy to get caught up in the hupla of Christmas. I wanted our calendar to be about spending time as a family and giving them reminders about the about the true story of why we celebrate.
It took a little planning on my end as I had to make sure some of the activities would fall on a weekend night. Baking dozens of cookies with the kids definitely wouldn’t work on a school night but reading a Christmas book sure would.
~I have the list of activities listed at the end of this post~
I purchased some tags at Michael’s but they would be easy to make yourself.
I wrote the number on each tag, a stamp would be really cute as well. Yes, I have horrible handwriting, hence the template.
On the opposite side of the tag I wrote the activity for the day. I made sure this was in pencil so I could reuse them each year and change things around if needed.
The boys and I picked out a mini live tree that could stay up all year long and added our tags.
Now when they come downstairs every morning they can see what activity we will be completing later that day, they are super excited!
Here is our list, you can of course change it around to fit your families needs.
Pick out a Christmas Tree
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Set up the nativity
Read Luke 2 1-15
Read a Christmas book
Make a card for someone and mail it
Make warm apple cider
Take a night walk
Play a board game
Watch a Christmas movie
Feed the Homeless
Make hot coco
Do something nice for a stranger
Decorate a gingerbread house
Look at Christmas lights
Bake Christmas cookies
Make a Christmas card for your teacher
Donate toys to a deserving family
Write down what you are thankful for
Make a Christmas craft
Have family over for dinner
Stop by and take a look at all the awesome Christmas trees from all the talented bloggers!
Love this idea – thanks for sharing – so glad to be working with you on this Hop! Take care, Laura
That is so sweet Kristin! I’m thinking I could incorporate this idea into our family tree this year and I know my kids would love it! So fun being apart of this Hop with you! 🙂
I love how you fill the tags with such a wonderful balance of family, fun and giving back!!
Kristin- That is one of the cutest Advent calendar ideas I have ever seen. What a neat idea. How many days can I write EAT CANDY?;>) xo Diana
Such a cute idea. Now that my kids are young adults it is really all about the chocolate. I’m fine with that – at least they still want an advent calendar.
Kristin what a wonderful idea and great tradition to have with your family! I love it!
This is such a lovely idea, the activities are great!
Such a neat idea. We haven’t had a tree in a few years because our Cocker Spaniel likes to lie under the tree, not to mention he would scratch holes in the wrapping paper. Maybe we could try a small tabletop tree this year.
Wonderful tree and idea ! I remember growing up that we had an advent wreath on the table and each Sunday one of the candles was lit until there were all four which meant Christmas was any day now. It was done on a Sunday and we’d attended church that day….it was a nice custom. You have really taken yours to a great level…no wonder the kids are excited! 🙂
That is very sweet and very memorable too!~ Looks perfect at your stair landing too.
This is such a clever idea! I wonder if my kids would be excited about it if I put things like, “do your homework before dinner” and “wash out your lunch bag” and “clean your room” on my advent calendar?