Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation, and we love this build up to Christmas. Whether you’re Team Elf or Team Grinch, Christmas is coming, and there’s no denying that our little ones love it. Get all the family involved with our favourite Advent activities and enjoy all the festive feels.
Have a family games night
A great way to end the day is by switching off the TV an hour early and playing a game. We love ones that don’t need time setting up (who remembers how long Mousetrap used to take!) and can last anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. UNO and Connect4 are always great fun. This simple evening get together during the Advent period may even inspire you to keep up the tradition into the New Year.
Go on a woodland walk
With dark mornings and even darker nights, it can be tempting to hunker down on a weekend, but why not go on a woodland walk? Take a rucksack and collect holly, ivy, pine cones and any other pretty foliage to make into table decorations or even a wreath when you get home. Children will love picking things on the walk, and then making something to decorate the house with later. This is a great weekend activity and will keep them occupied for hours.
Decorate the tree
We love decorating the tree as a family (even if I do move the baubles around after bedtime!). Why not go for a non-traditional design such as the Cox & Cox frosted branches hanging tree and let the little ones add a bauble each day of Advent.
Bake some Christmas treats
Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell of gingerbread, and we love making a gingerbread house in the run up to Christmas, washed down with some hot chocolate of course. We like to put on some Christmas songs and have a kitchen disco too!
Make wrapping paper
In a bid to be more green, we’re using brown paper, and Christmas stamps wrapped with pretty ribbon. There are loads of easy-to-use child-friendly stamp kits around. The natural look of the wrapping looks great with the homemade decorations foraged from our woodland walk, and on our branches hanging tree.
Christmas Eve box
This is one of our favourite traditions. On the final day of Advent, we open our Christmas Eve box. This is a box I fill before Christmas Eve and the kids love opening it to see what’s inside. I usually add matching Christmas pjs, a Christmas film, a game to play in the afternoon, and book to read before bed.
Christmas is all about spending time as a family, and we love creating new traditions together.