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Update: This is a post that I shared a few years ago for the first time, but I’ve updated it with a few more ideas for all of you! Sia & I will be sharing some more ideas of some of the 25 Days of Christmas activities we do with our families with you, too! You can follow along on Instagram . We’ll be using the hashtag: #25dayschristmas & we’d love to see some of your pictures of fun activities you do with your family too! Use the hashtag: #25dayschristmas to follow along & post your own pictures!
Now that December is here, it’s time to start preparing for Christmas . I don’t know about you, but I find that Christmas just speeds by every year & every year I’m left wishing we’d done more of the fun, family activities instead of getting caught up in the rush of shopping, baking, etc. So, the last few years, we’ve tried to be more intentional in spending time as a family and slowing down to really enjoy this season. We want the focus for our kids to be on the real reason for the season.
So I thought I’d share a fun tradition that we’ve been doing the past few years called the 25 Days of Christmas (many people also call these “Advent Activities” or “Christmas Countdown”). This is where you pick an activity or craft or go to an event as a family for each day in December (or however many days you choose to do this idea). Your kids will open up the advent calendar to find out what the activity is for that day. It can be simple activities such as read a Christmas book under the Christmas tree or have red & green night where all of your dinner food is in red & green colors. Or you can do more involved activities like go to a Living Nativity or a Christmas play. It’s just taking the time to think about special activities you can do with your kids or as a family.
Make sure to check out this big list of fun activities to provide some inspiration for your 25 Days of Christmas! We’d love to hear what fun activities you do with your family, too!
If you’re local to the Northwest, check out our HUGE list of Pacific Northwest Christmas Events around the area to give you more ideas of places you can go if you’d like to add a few fun events to your list!
Now I know that 25 days of activities can sound very overwhelming to some of you (including me) – it really doesn’t have to be that long – you can do 12 Days of Christmas, 5 Days of Christmas – whatever is manageable to you. Your kids will just love having something to look forward to every year! I first learned of the 25 Days of Christmas activities years ago in my MOPS group & I started by just doing 10 days, then 15 days & finally the last few years, I’m organized enough to do the full 25 days. It’s just about whatever works best for your family & your schedules! My girls look forward to these special activities all year long – they remind me just about every day in November that it’s coming up & then wake up excited at the start of December.