Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Advent Calendar Resources

I used the Advent Calendar pockets from

Visit the Online Christmas Party!

click on the box above then scan down to Gifts and the Advent Calendar I used is gift #3. I decided not to use the verses since we are doing other devotions as a family. Instead of using the verses I put cards with activities for each day in the pockets. I gathered the activities from around the internet and will list some of the sites below. I have tried to choose a variety of activities. Some of them take some planning and some extra purchases and some of them only require what we have on hand at home or are activities we would be doing anyway.

Each week on Sunday I have put a card in for us to choose people to be Jesus Helpers to. For details of this see my dd's blog at

Here are some of the other sites and activities:

Make Candy Cane Hearts Glue candy canes(2) together into a heart shape. Make a ribbon loop & glue to back at junction of heart shape. Glue jingle bell onto bottom of heart point & glue bow on top of heart point.

Make the Hershey Kiss Angel

Make Cinnamon Ornaments Mix 1 cup cinnamon and 1 cup applesauce with 1 Tablespoon of white glue. You want a consistency that can be rolled with a rolling pin but not quite as sticky or it will stick to your counter! Sprinkle counter with cinnamon and roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Cut a hole in shape with the straw so you will be able to hang them. Let dry about 24 hours. They shrink as they dry. Cut lengths of gold thread, make loops and hang. they will keep their scent for a few years. Refresh scent with cinnamon fragrance oil.

Make Personalized Ornaments to Treasure Christmas links

specifically the Advent Calendar activities and a homeschool mom's post

Go Christmas shopping at a dollar store for your brothers and sisters. Wrap your Christmas presents.

Make Christmas cookies and share them with friends and neighbors.

Make and eat a special Christmas treat.

Read the family's favorite storybook about the birth of baby Jesus.

Visit a Live Nativity Scene.

Watch the family's favorite Christmas movie together.

Walk or drive around neighborhoods to see Christmas lights (bring hot chocolate and think "sleigh ride").

Give a Hug Day.

Have a candlelight dinner complete with Christmas music.

"Jingle Bell Day" (Wear jingle bells and sing "Jingle Bells).

"Wear Red or Green Day"

Make a bird seed treat for our fine feathered friends.

Family Game Night

Make a Christmas ornament.

Pretend to be a newspaper journalist and write a news article for the Bethlehem Post for the day after Jesus was born.

Write your part to go into the family Christmas newsletter.

Help stuff and stamp Christmas cards.

Write a note about what makes your brothers or sisters special and put it in their Christmas stocking.

Family Photo Night (look through the old family albums and tell about special Christmas of the past.

Make and Put on The Nativity Story Shadow Puppet Play from Homeschool in the Woods Mini-Study of Christmas scroll down the page to pdf of the play, a red button that says Click Here for "The Nativity Story" Shadow Puppet Play.

Decorate Every Door of your house

Watch The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2 and the Santa Clause 3 all in one day.

Make a Card for a Soldier in the Armed Forces mail to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

details at

Other sites with good activities:

Online Advent Calendar

Christmas Printables at A to Z Teacher Stuff

Christmas Activities at Activity Village

Christmas Activities at ABC Teach - some free some for members only (I am not a member)

Creative Kids at Home

Christmas World

Ultimate Winter Resource for Teachers

All Things Christmas

DLTK holiday site

Enjoy your Christmas Season

Make memories with your kids,


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