When my little Spaghetti was born 5 years ago we were living in Switzerland. There I visited beautiful Christmas markets and made a special investment in a wooden upright Christmas Advent calendar. I had never seen anything like it and was instantly taken by it.

We didn’t start our family’s Christmas Advent tradition until we moved to Hoboken when Spaghetti was 3 and Meatball 2 years old. The kids love it! I love the memories it makes for our family. Wooden upright, felt hanging, paper cut out…no matter the material the real beauty of the Advent calendar is the happiness it brings.

I created this Printable Christmas Advent Calendar to make sure we saver this special time of year. I wanted to share it with you. Use it as is or edit the text to make it “yours.” Get it by CLICKING HERE: printable-christmas-advent-calendar
advent-calendar-photoThese are some of the things I will be doing to make this year’s Advent season special. Many of these have hyperlinks that will take you to some others’ great ideas!

  1. Write Letter to Santa
  2. Read a Holiday Book – some of our favorites are Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus, The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving, The Polar Express
  3. Watch a Christmas Movie – Rudolph, Frosty, the Nutcracker, Elf! Cuddle with them and laugh.
  4. Make an Ornament – the one we are doing this year
  5. Have a cup of hot cocoa
  6. Wear fun Christmas socks – bought ours from Gymboree this year
  7. Make Christmas Tree Craft – whenever I can get a preschool scissor skill activity in, I try my best.
  8. Make Chocolate Pretzel Buttons – kids of all ages LOVE these and even a 2 year old can help!
  9. Nutcracker Time! Watch the movie, go to the ballet or read the book.
  10. Go ice skating
  11. Holiday Live Show – see a town’s christmas light show, the Rockettes, a local theatre’s Christmas production, hop on a Christmas train, etc.
  12. Chocolate Coins – just because kids love the shiny wrappers
  13. Donate toys to the homeless shelter
  14. Holiday handprint or footprint craft – you will treasure these forever
  15. Build a Gingerbread House 
  16. Holiday party with school friends
  17. Learn a new Christmas carol
  18. Start the day with some yummy Christmas bread – Pannettone, French Toast Bake, Cranberry Bliss Bread
  19. Holiday Tea Party – do your own at home or go out on the town
  20. Christmas Coloring Pages
  21. Bake Cut Out Christmas Cookies – use my own recipe! It is fail proof and SO easy.
  22. Look at Christmas Lights in the area
  23. Deck the Halls! Clean up the house for guests
  24. Christmas Eve Family Dinner – my husband’s family is 100% Italian and Christmas Eve means the Feast of the Seven Fishes
  25. Take family pictures by the Christmas tree

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