In an effort to stop Miss NHM becoming fixated on chocolate in her Advent Calendar, I’ve been putting together a list of things for us to do during December instead.
This includes those things that I would like us to do together as a family in December.
The great thing is, you can move your advent calendar notes around, so they fit into the time you have each day.
At the NHM Christmas Expo last Friday (already a week ago!!!??!) a few of the stall holders had different kinds of advent calendars available, that you can fill with your own treats. I love this one from Sew Many Hearts!
I also mentioned to a few of the stall holders that I was putting this post together so Heidi from Phoenix Trading Cards very kindly sent me across the list that she used last year.
A fantastic list and I am so stealing a few of these! Thank you very much Heidi!
Visit Father Christmas. (I am hoping to update this post from last year for 2014 which lists Santa’s Grotto’s/Father Christmas Visits in North Hampshire 2013).
December 5th is Saint Nicholas Day, so do someone a good deed in his spirit. The French bake gingerbread as a tradition.
December 21st is winter solstice so take time out from all those Pre- Christmas do’s and celebrate at home by cosying up with loved Ones.
Build a gingerbread house. Sainsburys are selling a gingerbread house kit for £4.99 which has everything you need, including cutters and edible decorations.
Have homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows
Attend Hook Christmas Cracker (6th December 2014)
Attend a Christmas Panto. (I am trying to put together a list of panto’s for 2014 but if I don’t get around to it, check out Pantomime’s 2013, Pantomime’s 2012 and Pantomime’s 2011 for places that do Panto’s).
Go to a local school Christmas Fayre and pick up some fabulous bespoke Christmas presents.
Make Christmas Gloop (put in a couple of baubles and some glitter) 😀
Put together A personalised video message for your child from Santa (and it’s free!) (this is AWESOME!) and play it to your child.
Christmas Nature Walk – Take a walk to your local park or woods and collect pine cones and see if you can spot a robin or some holly. Check out Nature Detectives to see what you can find.
Visit your local Christmas lights. Festival Place now have their lights up or you could take a tour of your local area to see which decorations are your favourite.
Find out about Christmas in another country
Eat dinner by candlelight.(We use the electronic version of candles as I’m banned from using real candles since I set fire to my bedroom when I was 14 years old. Don’t ask!)
Read Christmas books whilst snuggled under blankets
Go ice skating at the local ice skating rink
Bake Christmas cookies and decorate them with friends whilst listening to Christmas music
Go Christmas Caroling (even if it’s just to Grandparents!)
Give something back, make a donation. You could contribute to the Christmas Food Boxes.
1. Put up tree and outside lights
2. Santa train ride in town centre
3. Christmas books by candle light
4. Christmas snap cards, make paperchains
5. Write Christmas cards
6. New Christmas jigsaw
7. Watch a Christmas DVD
8. Go and see a Christmas show either at the Anvil or the Haymarket.
9. Paper crafts (angels, snowflakes etc)
10. Lion’s Santa tour stops outisde our house – with glowsticks
11. Paper/foam wreaths
12. Sticker activity books
13. Make your own Christmas badge kit
14. Check out a local museum (Milestones or the Willis Museum) for their Christmas activities with little ones
15. Childrens Carol service at church
16. Do a Christmas Craft together – e.g. foam Christmas tree kit, make Christmas crackers, Christmas baubles.
17. Christmas books
18. Stencils/sticker craft
19. Nativity Play scene set
21. Winter Ice Art or go and see the Christmas Ice Rink either at Winchester Cathederal or if they have one in Festival Place
22. Make Christmas biscuits
23. Visit Santa’s Wonderland at Paultons Park
24. Open your Christmas Eve box together (New PJ’s!!!)