Now, I totally understand that we’re not even through Thanksgiving yet (though we’re REALLY close) but I wanted to get this post up with a few days cushion just in case someone reads it and wants to attempt it for this year. Also, this is going to be very picture heavy. If you’d just like my list of ideas feel free to scroll through to the end where I have a complete list. Ok… on with the show!
This was our 25 days of Christmas basket from last year. It is quite possibly my favorite family Christmas tradition so far because it takes the craziness of the holidays and slows everything down making you enjoy the season, even if just for a few minutes, every day of December. I came across the idea last year on Pinterest (Here) and threw it together December 1st after the kids went to bed. Each day my kidos took turns opening one of the numbered envelopes/packages. The wrapped ‘gifts’ are a little something new (don’t panic, I hit up the Dollar Tree) and all of the envelopes are experiences. We would then ‘do’ whatever we were told and the kids could not wait to open the numbered package each day! It did take a little while to organize and get together mostly because I had to spend some time making sure each of the experiences would work with a certain day. For example, one of them was attending our local Christmas parade which obviously only happened on one day, so that one was set in stone. All of the others I just filled in wherever they fit.
First up, cookie baking and decorating!
Then we made ornaments for our tree!
Wrote letters to Santa…
Received new Christmas coloring books.
Watched a few Christmas movies… complete with popcorn of course!
Watched Santa arrive at our local Christmas parade!
Decorated our Christmas tree (the tree with lights goes up the day after Thanksgiving but putting the decorations on is one of our activities)
Enjoyed a visit to our local coffee shop for special Christmas drinks!
And had a surprise (bedtime) ride on the minivan express!!!
I printed these ‘tickets’ on some gold paper I found at Wal-Mart and put them on their pillows right before bed. They found them when they climbed in and we hurried into the car, ‘hot’ cocoa in hand, to drive around listening to Christmas music and taking in everyone’s Christmas decorations! This one was definitely a favorite!
Those were just some of my favorites. But let the record show, that with the first utterances of Christmas my kids were asking if we were going to have our ‘basket of fun’ again this year. I assured them we would, though a bit different as our first few days will be in Disney (yeah, I have activities planned for those days too :)). Like I said, it did take a bit of time to put together but the memories we made are very worth it in my opinion. Here’s the list!
Make Christmas Ornaments, Attend a Christmas Parade, Decorate the Tree, Participate In/Attend the School Holiday Concert, Special Christmas Drinks at a Coffee Shop, Christmas Shopping (for family and Toys for Tots), Wrap Presents, Cookie Baking, Minivan Express, Watch Christmas Specials on TV or DVD (we usually do 2-3 of these), Write Letters to Santa, Collect toys to donate to Goodwill
New Christmas Coloring Books, New Christmas Storybooks (we have 2 this year), Christmas Crafts (we have 3 that I picked up last year after Christmas on clearance but check the Target $1 bins there were lots when I was there last), Christmas ‘Play Packs’ (also $1 at Target/Dollar Tree), Book/Nativity Set to read and play with as we tell the Christmas story on Christmas Eve.
If you have any questions or more ideas please leave a comment, I’d love to get some new ideas to stash away for next year! I hope your family enjoys this tradition as much as we do!