Please can you suggest Christmas Questions and actions for my sons' Advent Calendars?

(20 Posts)
Doshusallie Thu 15-Nov-12 14:22:39

They are 6 and 8.

So far I have:

Sing me a Christmas Carol

Name me 2 of Father Christmas’ Reindeers

What do you put by the fireplace for Father Christmas and Rudolph on Christmas Eve?

Who tells Father Christmas whether you have been naughty or nice all year?

Thankyou in advance!!

Doshusallie Thu 15-Nov-12 14:44:22

Come on guys, I am really struggling here! have these so far...

Sing me a Christmas Carol

Name me 2 of Father Christmas’ Reindeers, not Rudolph

What do you put by the fireplace for Father Christmas and Rudolph on Christmas Eve?

Who tells Father Christmas whether you have been naughty or nice all year?

What does Father Christmas travel around the world in on Christmas Eve?

How does Father Christmas get into your house on Christmas Eve?

What plant do you have a Christmas kiss under?

Who is Father Christmas married to?

How many days are there in December?

Where does Father Christmas live?

What do you have on the table to pull, at Christmas lunch?

What day of the year is Christmas Day?

What is the day after Christmas Day called?

What month of the year is Christmas?

What season of the year does Christmas happen in?

How many wise men went to see the Baby Jesus?

What presents did the Wise Men bring the Baby Jesus?

What were the Baby Jesus’ parents’ names?

What do we hang our decorations on in our living room?

Name me 3 things you have to eat for Christmas lunch?

What was the baby Jesus born in?

What did Mary ride on to the town where she had the Baby Jesus?

What is the celebration that happens a week after Christmas?

littleladyindoors Thu 15-Nov-12 16:09:06

The name of the angel who brought Mary the news?

How many christmas songs can you name?

I think of some, then see you already have them!!! If I think of any more ill be back- what about christmas jokes? They are young enough to not have heard them all already like the rest of us

Doshusallie Thu 15-Nov-12 18:20:59

Christmas jokes would be fabulous thank you, am really running out of ideas!!!!

CelstialNavigation Thu 15-Nov-12 18:25:51

Do some Christmas-related anagrams for them to solve like wosnnam

CelstialNavigation Thu 15-Nov-12 18:26:47

"Tell me your favorite Christmas memory"

CelstialNavigation Thu 15-Nov-12 18:27:15

Work out how many days/Saturdays there are until Christmas

CelstialNavigation Thu 15-Nov-12 18:27:39

Name a Christmas movie

CelstialNavigation Thu 15-Nov-12 18:28:45

I take it you making a calender each! grin

Doshusallie Thu 15-Nov-12 18:29:05

Thank you - will be using all of these...keep 'em coming!!

Doshusallie Thu 15-Nov-12 18:29:33

Yep, got ones with draws so it's a sweet plus a question each

captainmummy Thu 15-Nov-12 18:35:05

Tell me the best thing about christmas?

captainmummy Thu 15-Nov-12 18:35:46

What's Santa's saint name? (st nicholas)

captainmummy Thu 15-Nov-12 18:37:01

How many advent candles are there?

Doshusallie Thu 15-Nov-12 18:42:24

Gulp - how many are their captain? 12?

hurricanewyn Thu 15-Nov-12 18:47:44

How did the three wise men know where the baby Jesus was?

hurricanewyn Thu 15-Nov-12 18:52:07

Why did Mary & Joseph need to travel before Jesus was born?

captainmummy Fri 16-Nov-12 08:21:13

Er -4 I think doshu. One for each sunday in advent.

BiddyPop Fri 16-Nov-12 12:43:59

I know it's epic, but I am short on time so just copy and pasting the long list of ideas I have culled from various sources over the years in my pc file (which I imaginatively called "Kiddie Occupation ideas" grin:

Write a letter to Santa
Colour in some Christmas pictures (free printables)
Design a Christmas Card
Make some Christmas Cookies
Make and decorate some salt dough decorations.
Making a decoration for the tree together which we can add to our special Christmas Eve box,
Watching Christmas Dvds
Making mince pies and cookies for all the family who help us throughout the year
Making and decorating a gingerbread house
Visiting Santa at a department store
Making a gift for DS - also going to get DS to make DD a handmade gift
Listening to Christmas Cds
Make our 4 cats some toys by sewing material together and adding catnip if I can find somewhere who stocks it in tubes or similar?
make cards,
do potato print wrapping paper,
write to FC (the little ones rip out pics from an old argos catalogue stick them on a bit of paper then write their name),
go out and look at all the christmas lights then home for hot chocolate,
we have a charity day - sort out all their toys and take the extras to the charity shop,
we bake biscuits to take to the local fire station to say thanks for working to keep us safe over christmas while we are busy having fun,
we take each child out on their own to choose a new decoration for the tree - that is their decoration and goes in their own box after christmas so when they leave home they'll have a box of memories to take with them!
we decorate the tree out the front with strings of dried fruit and popcorn for the birds,
we do christmas camping where we all sleep in sleeping bags in the lounge and watch christmas movies, play games and eat mince pies,
we visit our neighbours with homemade biscuits and the kids sing carols,
on christmas eve the kids each decorate a pillowcase to leave out for FC

stick cloves in oranges
make xmas decorations
cook some fudge/coconut ice for rellys
decorate xmas biscuits
put xmas decs up
choose xmas tree
write a letter
make a Christmas present for dad
go out and collect holly and fir
Make some reindeer food (porridge oats and glitter in a little jar).
put on Christmas Carols/Music and have a dance
bake mince pies
fill a shoebox for a xmas shoebox appeal
learn about how another country celebrate xmas (depends how old your dc are)
visit santa
drink hot chocolate and watch a film (polar express)
fly kites
make wreath or spray

Do a Christmas kindness each - just aim to do something for someone else that is just kind. Like buy the person behind you in the queue their coffee or help someone to carry their shopping or something else similar.

Make non-alcoholic mulled wine, lots of recipes online.

Email Santa (!)
Make paperchains
"See if you can go for a whole day without asking how many days it is till we put the Christmas tree up"
make card for Nanna
make card for Daddy
Make some crackers?
Learn a new christmas song
Learn a christmas joke
Go for a walk with a torch

Go to Carol service
wrap presents
decorate christmas tree
buy present for local children's xmas appeal
watch christmassy film
make fudge
go shopping for christmas food
make christmas decorations

Decorate Xmas cake.
Tidy bedroom
learn the words to a Christmas song or poem and recite to Dad when he gets home
Make mum a cup of tea
Make a bookmark

send a Christmas card to someone who has not found any room at the inn (e.g. via The Revd. Sarah Parkinson, The Chaplain, Campsfield House, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1RE tel: 01865 233637 but you will of course know of loads more possibilities)

make paper snowflakes (one of the few crafty things I know how to do!)
Make gingerbread house. (GLTC do a good kit)
Collect pinecones, leaves and twigs to paint and turn into a centrepiece.
Go shopping for a tree decoration each.
Ice skating
Track Santa (for Christmas Eve)
Read a Christmas book (How the Grinch stole Christmas)
Go door to door and sing Carols

Smithagain does your church have a toy service to donate new/as new toys to families who can't afford xmas presents? Your local council probably do something like this, find out if they do and have a 'choose one of your toys to make another child's christmas' day.

bake stained glass biscuits to decorate the tree with
put baby jesus in the nativity scene if you have a nativity scene
make mince pies for santa
have a fashion show and pick the outfits that everyone should wear on christmas day
Make salt dough decorations
here is a tip though-only put stuff in the night before. This way you can chance plans at the last minute. So if it snows...you can put in, "build a snowman". If you are shattered, you can put in "snuggle up in a duvet and watch the Snowman".
Make a Christmas crown to wear
Decorate a tree outside with nuts an d fat and toast for the birds, plus a star on top

What did the three wise men bring?
What do you think the Wise men would bring today?
Name three things you need to make christmas pudding?
Sing jingle bells backwards?
Name three things that glitter?
Imitate a turkey?
Do 5 star jumps
Think of 3 words that rhyme with "Yule"?
Think up the next line of this poem:
At Christmas time the thing I like the best
Name 3 plants or trees associated with Christmas?
Name 3 animals or birds associated with Christmas?
Name 4 reindeer?
Sing a Christmas Song
Name 5 carols?
4 3-letter words from Christmas?
4 3-letter words from stocking?
Name a carol with someone's name in the title?
Name a song with Santa in the title?
What was given on the 9th day of christmas?
In the 12 days of Christmas - how many birds altogether were given?
Name two animals in the traditional nativity scene?
Make a snowflake out of paper?
Tell the story of the first christmas in less than a minute?
Name 5 christmas foods?
Make something to hang on the christmas tree?
Think of 3 names for father Christmas?

Reindeer food is basically a mix of porridge oats and glitter, the idea is that the reindeer will see it twinkling from the sky and come down and stand nicely for Santa to do his thing whilst filling their tums! A lot of people spread it outside, I find a bowl is easier as the DC can see just how much the reindeer have eaten in the morning.

Write list of things needed for Christmas crafts
Buy things for Christmas Crafts
Make glittery tree decorations using cookie cutters as templates to draw round on card. Cover in glue, add glitter and thread on a red ribbon to hang.
what about putting things on like if weather is fine go to park and feed ducks (how old are your DCS?), if its raining/cold, have carpet picnic?

making some place cards/ a decoration with names for Christmas lunch guests?

and i suppose you could just have a day when you do something you know dcs love and you rarely get to do. for us that would be going to see daddy for lunch in town or spend the day playing dress up with her bf

Go and buy cat/dog/rabbit etc. a small gift (in order to help out the big man, of course)
Paint your own mug for Grandma/Grandad/Great Auntie Thingy
Choose Christmas charity
Visit ducks in the park to wish them a very Happy Christmas and give them some bread
Make secret den in order to discuss secret Christmassy stuff and wrap presents
Plan Christmas show for Daddy/Grandma/Grandad etc.
watch a christmas book under the duvet
Read a christmassy book
do some Christmassy puzzles (will find some online to print off I'm sure)
Write cards to school friends
write & post a letter to the big man
Sing carols or Christmas songs while you do the washing up (or some other chore)

Have a Christmas-sy bath. Use "Christmas scented" bubble bath/bath oil/essential oils or Lush bath bombs. Think orange, tangerine, cinnamon...

Get some of the pre-glued strips to lick and stick paper chains (don't think it is advanced enough to count as a craft)

Actually some little housework-type things for children might not be a bad idea. Polishing something, for example

Doshusallie Fri 16-Nov-12 14:18:58

I do not know you. But I love you. Thankyou. grin Merry Christmas.

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