I love Advent calendars – the anticipation of the upcoming holiday, marking each day with a special treat – and it has been a dream of mine to make a beautiful, handmade Advent calendar for the boys for the Bahá’í holiday of Ayyám-i-Há in February.
However, by now you may know that beautiful, handmade crafts are not my specialty, so instead I thought I would play to my strength – activities that are easy yet a bit clever as well.
Although our holiday isn’t for a few months, I wanted to post this now because it would work so well for Christmas.
We all remember the paper chains we made in elementary school to count down to a special day. I have simply added the twist of incorporating a special activity for each day, represented by a link in the chain.
To do this craft you will need:
Construction paper or card stock
Cut your paper into links (I turned my paper longways before cutting, so my strips were 9 inches long)
On one side of each link, write the numbers (1 – 25, for Christmas)
On the other side, write a special activity for that day (see suggestions below)
Tape the first link shut, making sure not to cover the writing on the inside.
Loop the next link through the first and tape shut. Repeat for each link until you have all 25.
Hang on the wall or across a doorway. Undo one link for each day, and enjoy as a family doing the activity on the inside of the link.
Some suggested activities for a Christmas Advent calendar:
Draw names for a Christmas gift exchange
Listen to (and sing along with) holiday music! Each person gets to choose a favorite song
Bake cookies to share with your neighbors
Go Christmas caroling
Have a hot chocolate party
Decorate the tree
Hang other decorations around the house
Pick a charity to make a family donation
Decide on a family service project
Pop popcorn and watch a favorite holiday movie
Make presents to take to teachers at school, the letter carrier, etc.
Make cards to send to grandparents, etc.
How are you getting ready for the holidays?