If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore fall. And one of the reasons I adore fall is because it reminds me that Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. I hate for time to pass as quickly as it does these days, but I do look so forward to the end of the year. I love so many things about the holiday season, and one of the things I love most is a tradition I started with our kids two years ago – doing a ’25 Days of Christmas’ project. Starting on December 1st, we do 25 activities leading up to Christmas Day, where we finish with our final activity of opening presents and spending time together as a family. We do everything from crafts (lots of them!) to doing things for others to sharing experiences together.
One of my favorite things about the project is coming up with our list of activities. And I learned (the hard way) the first year that I have to start working on the list and gathering supplies early or the project becomes more stressful than memorable. So I recently started making this year’s list, and it’s already making me super excited for December 1st to arrive. Searching Pinterest for ’25 days of Christmas’ will lead you to more ideas than you’ll know what to do with… but it sure is fun to look through them all and compile your own family’s list!
Each year when I’ve made our list, I recognize that the holidays are not a time of happiness for everyone. I know that there are many people who struggle in a lot of different ways for a lot of different reasons during the holidays. My heart goes out to anyone who finds the holidays to be a difficult time. During our ’25 Days of Christmas’ project each year, I do incorporate activities that give to others in some way so that my children understand the true meaning of the season. I know that our giving does not take away everyone’s struggling, but I hope that it does brighten someone’s holidays even in the very smallest possible way.
Our project has brightened the holiday season for our family the past two years now, and I’m looking forward to it bringing a lot of happiness this year, too. While I’m working on our list of activities for the upcoming project, I thought I’d share our list and some images from last year. I’ve also tried to provide links to most of the crafts. And if you want to check out what we did the year before, you can check out that project here.
- decorate our Christmas tree
- make ice cream cone trees
- make pipe cleaner bead candy canes
- decorate felt Christmas banner
- make Santa grahams
- write and mail letters to Santa
- go see ‘Frozen’
- make cinnamon applesauce ornaments
- make gumdrop Christmas trees
- make thumbprint light canvases
- buy items for local kids’ charity
- make toilet paper roll snowmen
- bring hot cocoa to the honor patrol at school
- enjoy family Christmas movie night
- decorate gingerbread house
- write letters to deployed service members (Operation Gratitude)
- open ‘snowball surprise’ treats (small goodie wrapped inside white tissue paper like a snowball)
- buy food for a local food pantry and deliver it
- go on a ‘lightseeing’ drive with hot cocoa and blankets
- visit the lights and holiday decorations at Crown Center
- go on our annual ornament and hot cocoa outing
- decorate Christmas cookies
- make perler bead ornaments
- play Christmas bingo
- open presents, and enjoy our family day
I’m so happy you stopped by; thank you! If you’re interested in doing a ’25 Days of Christmas’ with your family this year, you might want to check out our ’25 Days of Christmas’ Facebook group… hope to see you there!