Happy December! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great week with the kids off of school. Tons of family time, including extended family, movie watching, decorating, eating and relaxing! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Yesterday our Advent countdown began. I try to make my December as simple as possible so I have a ton of time to spend time with my family. I sat down with a December calendar, marking which days we have after school activities and school happenings. I then scheduled our daily activities around those. For example, I made a card that says bring a special Christmas lunch to school fro the day of my daughter’s Christmas program since we will not be home that evening. Every year I change up the cards a bit as they grow. This year we have a lot of games since they’re older. I’ve added the file for you to download, print and use yourself if you’d like. Maybe there will be a new idea or two for your family! I’ve also included a sheet of blank rectangles for you to write in your own if you choose.
Here’s a list of what we’ll be doing this month:
Write a letter to Santa
Make hot chocolate
Christmas pancakes for dinner
Decorate a gingerbread house
Make a gift for your teacher
Take a special Christmas lunch to school
Make recycled gingerbread houses
Do a Christmas word search
Picnic in front of the Christmas tree
Christmas adventure for mom’s birthday (to be determined! 😉 )
Make a Christmas craft
Breakfast for dinner at IHOP
Make a snowman chalk family
Play Christmas scattegories
Do a Christmas puzzle
Christmas reading picnic
Make Christmas cookies
Play a game in front of the Christmas tree
Christmas Minute to Win it
Christmas drawing with artforkidshub.com (We LOVE drawing with them! Check them out! )
Hop in the car to look at Christmas lights
To put mine together, I just used small paper bags that I found at Michaels. The numbers I printed off about 5 years ago, (I can’t remember from where!) and glued them onto pieces of scrapbook paper. Next I punched 2 holes in the top of the bag, stuck each of my cards in and tied them up with a piece of baker’s twine.
I have gathered all of my supplies that I need to each activity already and I keep my calendar handy so I can know what’s coming up. Doing these things ahead of time has really made a huge difference in me being able to spend some great time with the kids.
Click here to download the cards
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