Creating your own advent calendar of events for your family this Christmas
We’ve all seen the gorgeous and creative homemade advent calendars circulating the internet. Muffin tin trays, toilet paper rolls, tiny envelopes and even cartons of beer all form the basis for some fun kids’ and adults’ Christmas countdowns. You may even be super creative yourself and find your own unique way of encouraging your Brisbane Kids to cross off the days until the jolly man in the red suit arrives. But what do you put IN your advent calendar once you’ve made it?
A Sugar Free Advent Calendar
We love celebrating the festive season here at Brisbane Kids, which is why we adore the idea of increasing the excitement with our advent calendars. The idea was to reduce the sugar consumed this silly season by creating 24 days of adventure for our families. With so many Christmas events and activities taking place in Brisbane every December, it’s not hard to come up with a whole month’s worth of festive and fun experiences, you just need to know where to look.
Christmas fun every day of December
Whether you use a store-bought calendar or create your own, these advent calendar activities can be scheduled to fit in with your family’s timetable. We love the idea of cards printed with these ‘experiences’ for your children to read (or have read to them) each day of December. The only limit here is your imagination. Some take time and planning, whilst others are quick and can easily be worked into a busy day.
Here are some fantastic advent calendar experience ideas to get you started –
- Practice singing Christmas carols
- Decorate the Christmas tree
- Write to Santa. Find out how to send a letter to Santa here.
- Open your special ornament and put it on the tree. Or learn how to Make Your Own Plaster of Paris Star to treasure forever.
- Unwrap a Christmas book to read
- Have a family Christmas movie night with treats
- Choose a special treat (could be food or other)
- Make gifts for your school friends and teachers
- Listen to Christmas music from one of our Must Have Christmas Albums
- Choose a gift to put under the Kmart wishing tree
- Make Santa binoculars. How cute are these Paper Tube Binoculars from makeandtakes.com?!
- Shop for a gift for Daddy
- Watch your special video from Santa. We love the Portable North Pole’s personalised messages from Santa. Click here to create one for your Brisbane Kid.
- Go to the Christmas carols in the park
- Do some Christmas craft at home
- Shop for a gift for Mummy. Why not check out one of the Christmas Markets in Brisbane this year?
- Have your photo taken with Santa
- Make a magic key for Santa. You can find out how in our 10 fun things to do with your kids on Christmas Eve guide.
- Go for a drive to see the best Christmas lights in Brisbane
- Make reindeer food for Christmas Eve. This recipe from thatscountryliving.com even has a sweet little poem printable to go with the food.
- Go to the city for dinner, see the city tree and the Myer Christmas windows
- Bake some Christmas treats
- Have your neighbours over to enjoy your Christmas treats
- Wear new PJs to bed on Christmas Eve
Use these ideas to start your own family traditions each Christmas. Increase the excitement and build up to the big day and treasure the moments you’ll spend with your Brisbane Kids this Christmas.
If you liked these ideas, you may like to read our suggestions for 60 Christmas Traditions for your family.