DIY Saturday: Christmas Advent Calendar

Can you believe tomorrow is December 1st!? We are super excited! Our Christmas shopping is just about done. Now I am just waiting for a quite night with my husband to put some Christmas music on, drink some hot chocolate or egg nog and get wrapping! Our tradition is to decorate the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so that is what we will be doing tomorrow! Last year we also did an activity advent calendar and had so much fun with it that we decided to put it on our lists of traditions. I finalized our activity list the other night. Some things are special to Utah, but I thought I would share it with you! I cut my envelopes out from my Silhouette Cameo and then print out each activity to put in each envelope, clothes pin them to a ribbon and viola! (I will add a picture tomorrow once it is hanging) I realize not everyone has a cutting machine... any craft store or scrapbook carries cute envelopes or you can pick up some cute scrapbook paper and make your own... here is a link to a tutorial for handmade envelopes:


or these may be other good options as well...

Advent Activities: 

Lights on Temple Square
Decorate edible Christmas Trees
Candy Cane Hunt
Deliver Neighbor Gifts
Sing Christmas Songs around the Christmas Tree
Grand America Window Displays
Live Nativity
Make paper crowns and talk about the 
wise men and the gifts they brought Jesus.
String a popcorn garland for the tree.
drive around to look at the Christmas lights- don’t forget the hot chocolate
dance party to Christmas Music
drink hot chocolate and stir with candy canes
Make a snow globe
Elves at Gardner Village 
Santa Train at Heber Valley Railway 
Live Reindeer at Thanksgiving Point
Christmas Carol Sing Along Energy Solutions Arena
picture with Santa at Trolley Square
perform a random act of kindness
tell the christmas story using the toy nativity
wrap a christmas gift 
Make a birthday cake for Jesus
Christmas Party with the cousins 
Make gingerbread playdough 

bake cookies for Santa & read The Night Before Christmas 

Other Christmas activities:

Check out and read Christmas Stories
“Paint” the snow
have a snowball fight
make a snowman
watch a Christmas movie
hand & footprint reindeer
make an ornament 

paint wrapping paper (butcher paper to be used to wrap)
paint the snow

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