[photo and diy advent via oh happy day]
Today, what they are calling a “Siberian arctic cold front” is moving into town and staying for longer than it is welcome. Temperatures are dropping to under 15 degrees and even into the negatives! Winter is definitely on it’s way. This last weekend Connor and I started putting up Christmas decorations and making some of our own decor, which I will share throughout the month as we complete them. But today, I wanted to share a list that my friend and I came up with, along with activities we compiled from around the web, looking for ideas for winter activities. I hope to make an advent calendar, but that might be a project for next Christmas. Either way, I know advent calendars are popular and it is tough to come up with ideas, so I wanted to share. Even if you aren’t into advent calendars, they are great occasional activities to get you and your family into the holiday spirit! It’s never too late to start the list!
Make a snowman
Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
Visit Santa Claus
Write a letter to Santa
Go ice skating
Bake a treat and give them to a friend
Mail Christmas cards
Take Christmas photos in the snow
Have an evening by the fire
Drink hot cocoa
Watch a favorite Christmas movie, or two!
Host a Christmas Sweater party
Make a gingerbread house and decorate it
Read a Christmas story
Plan a service activity
Sing or listen to favorite Christmas songs
Make cookies and reindeer food for Santa’s visit
Decorate the Christmas tree
Arrange Christmas decorations
Have a slumber party next to the Christmas tree
Gather up old toys to donate
Make homemade caramel corn
Make homemade ornaments that represent your child’s age
Cut out paper snowflakes
Go Christmas present shopping
Help little ones wrap their special presents
Make red and green play dough
Write a list of five to ten things you are thankful for
Go for a walk in the snow
Have a snowball fight
Make snow angels
Make an igloo or snow fort
Watch the snow fall
Have a big breakfast with favorite foods
See the nutcracker ballet
Have a family game night
Pull out old coats and donate them to local coat drive
Shovel the snow for the neighbors
Make gingerbread men cookies and decorate
Go on a train ride
Stay in a mountain cabin for a night
Have a fondue night
Celebrate another religious or cultural holiday by trying new foods, learning songs, etc.
Sing Christmas carols
Go to the library and pick out Christmas books to read
Attend a local lighting festival or holiday concert
Read the Christmas story from the bible (Luke 1:26-2:40)
Hang stockings by the fire
Paint wrapping paper to wrap gifts
Play Christmas bingo
Make a wreath for the front door
Decorate your room with Christmas lights
Write “nice notes” for your family members and put them by their pillows
Have a bake day — bake all of your favorite treats, share with friends and family
Hang the mistletoe in a special spot!
Buy a candle or two in a warm, holiday scent.
Time to program your radio with a holiday music station! Listen to it on your commute.
Have a candle-lit holiday feast with your favorite foods and friends.
Go to a shopping center, grab a snack and warm drink, and people-watch during the holiday bustle.
Do a random act of kindness for someone you know, or even better, someone you don’t know!
I love ideas for the service activities, especially around the holidays. Today, as the radio announcers talk about the quickly filling up homeless shelters before the winter freeze, I think of the many people without a warm place to stay. I am always inspired by my grandma who lives in Seattle, and knits gloves, hats, and scarves and takes them to the homeless. There is always something we can do, and even the smallest acts of kindness can mean so much to someone in need.
What is your favorite holiday tradition or activity? I would love to keep this list going, so please share!