It is almost December! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It seems like every year around October I say that to myself. Maybe it’s when people start posting those memes on Facebook about how many days until Christmas there are, and it feels like it’s way too soon to be talking about Christmas. It’s funny though, how right after Thanksgiving I can’t wait for Christmas, it just feels right! Every year for the past 7+ years I have been doing something with my kids that entails 25 Days of Fun Christmas Activities. I like to call it 25 Days of Christmas Spirit, Service and Fun. My aunt did 25 Days of Fun Christmas Activities with her children each day leading up to Christmas when I was little and I always loved the idea. So when my first child was old enough to care I went with it. That first year we just did fun stuff. It was great and my kids loved it, but it has evolved throughout the years. Now we like to do 3 main things starting December 1st to help us get in the Christmas Spirit…
25 Days of Christmas Spirit, Service and Fun.
Spirit – I decided I wanted not only to do fun activities leading up to Christmas, I also wanted to do some teaching and learning to really help my kids understand the true spirit of Christmas! I have used some ideas from Discover Christmas through Discover the Scriptures and also came up with a lot of my own ideas. I feel so strongly that our children need to understand that it isn’t all about the Razor Scooter they want for Christmas, but that is about Christ and the reason he came to the earth.
Service – I recently wrote this post 75 Simple Service Ideas with lots of great service ideas. This time of year can be stressful and chaotic, but it should be a wonderful time to come together as a family and enjoy serving others. Service is such an important principle to teach our children starting at a young age. I try to teach my kids to serve others all year long. We aren’t perfect at it, but as the years have gone by and my kids are getting older they actually like to do service. It doesn’t seem to matter how big the service is. It’s just important to learn to think beyond ourselves and to serve others around us. It’s been fun to see my children do things from little acts of service like holding a door open for someone, to doing something that might stretch them, like visiting with people in a rest home, or using some of their own money to help someone.
Fun – I am all about fun simple Christmas Activities to make the holidays a little different than regular days. Some of the things on the list take no prep, and some might take a little prep, but they are all very simple and easy!
For the past 5 years I have been doing a new 25 Days of Fun Christmas Activities printable for my readers on my other blog. I have been wanting to make it so that it could work for everyone. Some readers have mentioned that they loved it but that they would have to switch the dates around for it to work for them. I decided I wanted to make it easier for all to use. I still have the printable one sheet papers you can print of, but this year I decided to make 25 cards that have all 3 things on them. The Christmas Spirit activity, the Christmas Fun activity and then a reminder to do an act of kindness for someone. I hope you like it. I have worked hard and I love the results.
Now I don’t have to write this post every Christmas. You can make it work for you every single year! You can still print off the sheet, or you can cut out the cards and use them however you want. I made a Christmas Advent Garland, here is a link on how to make that HERE.
Anyway, here it is. I am so excited!!! I hope it is easy to use for you! Here are all 25 things we do each day + a reminder to do a Random Act of Kindness. You can Right Click to save them to your desktop or Click below for the PDF.
25 Days of Fun Christmas Activities for Each Day in December
Above is the list I used to use and I still think they work great, but I know that the dates might not work for all of you, so I also have made these fun cards you can cut out and make an advent calendar of your own! I also made some blank ones so that if you wanted to make some of your own you could!
Here is the printable for the Random Acts of Kindness. We leave one of these slips when we do an act of service to remind others to Pay it Forward!
Here are some other fun Christmas Activities and Tradition we have –
- We only give 3 gifts for Christmas (a gift from Santa, Mom and Dad + whatever is in their stocking), to represent the gifts the Wise Men brought Jesus.
- 25 Books of Christmas– over the years I have collected a lot of Christmas books and we love to read one each night before bed.
25 Days of Christ Countdown Ornaments – We love to do this before we go to bed. The set comes from 25 Days of Christ
Here are the links to some of the fun Christmas activities that are on the above list…..
A few years ago I heard about doing a Minivan Express. Like the Polar Express, but in your minivan or car! I will have more details on my blog TheThingsILoveMost.com next week, but here are the tickets I made for our Minivan Express this year!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas seasons! What are some of your favorite Christmas Activities to do with your family?