a diiferent christmas activity every day in december?

(38 Posts)
Liz79 Sat 24-Nov-12 14:48:28

Read on here that someone does the above with their kids so I got wondering what I could do with mine. They are 2.5 and dd will be 5 the week before christmas.

Ideas so far.
Make stars from toilet roll inners & paint.
Make picture of Santa & stick on cotton wool beard.
Mince pies
Put up & decorate tree
Other decorations
Family service at church on Christmas eve
Write cards (they both did pictures at school/nursery which have been printed up)
Wrap presents
Go see Santa at garden centre.
Go to farm park & take part in live nativity.
Make bells from egg boxes.
Make those German cinnamon cookies
Decorate said cookies
Make paper chains.
Movie nights with Christmas films (ideas please)
Cinema to see Christmas movie.

Some of these are bigger than others & will be better for the weekend, what would you do?

pictish Sun 25-Nov-12 09:57:17

overkill even

DoubleDoubleTwigletTrouble Sun 25-Nov-12 10:34:06

Bah humbug, Pictish smile I don't think it's overkill at all, it's just enjoying the season.

pictish Sun 25-Nov-12 10:34:38

Just forcing the season I think.

Liz79 Sun 25-Nov-12 11:40:48

Not done it before. We have had a crappy year and the end is in sight. I am now willing to acknowledge it is nearly Christmas & even get a bit excited about it. I'm not one for starting Christmas too soon, but December seems acceptable! It will be nice for the kids, better than just getting a chocolate out the advent calendar each day. We will do more as a family, spend less time on -mumsnet- our phones & they will have fun & learn something. They are small & materialistic, so won't suffer overkill come Christmas day, they'll be excited Santa has been & brought them presents.

Just tried to explain to Dd she needs to choose 2 toys she doesn't want anymore, to give to poor children. I think she only heard "choose 2 toys..." hmm

Also doing the Christmas hamper for friends that have been wonderful to us this year, couldn't have got through the year without them. Another mumsnet idea! Will place on doorstep on Christmas eve, ring doorbell & leg it!

DoubleDoubleTwigletTrouble Sun 25-Nov-12 14:26:28

It would be forcing it if a child wasn't interested - come on, we WILL enjoy this! etc - but a child wanting to do simple Christmassy things at Christmas... I don't see the problem.

No it's not overkill at all.
With yound DC just do something simple (according to what they can cope with)

Ours used to love a walk round the lake, feeding geese then into the cafe for a drink (on Christmas Eve)

Now they are older (10 and 13), they go to London, DS goes on a adventure day (Activity Centre)
Film (we saw ^Nativity 2 today)

I just asked my 13 yo DS what he remembers from Christmases gone by and he said "the Santa Train (steam train) and the castle, exploring, drawing then going to the Grotto).

Surely nothing sad sadder than thinking "Oh, I wish I'd done that" . But it's too late.

All you humbugs out there - pah ! wink

Liz79 Sun 25-Nov-12 15:33:07

Have printed Christmas play dough mats from sparklebox website & laminated them. Might even give them as Christmas presents to their little friends. How do you make Christmas play-doh? Add cinnamon to normal DIY play-doh?

Put some glitter in the Playdoh? wink

But not holly leaves grin

Mwha ha ha

Liz79 Sun 25-Nov-12 18:52:36

gingerbread play doh recipe going to make it into balls with glitter in, top with holly cake decoration, wrap in clingfilm & give to Kids with laminated activity mats.

DewDr0p Sun 25-Nov-12 23:49:33

We do this every year and it's lovely. Lots of our activities are things I would want/have to do with them anyway (eg decorate the christmas tree) so it just gets me organised.

Double double gave v good advice. Low key activities in this house inc listening to Christmas CDs, eating our first mince pies, reading a Christmas story, drinking hot choc, getting the nativity set out etc

Have got long list somewhere, will try and post from laptop tomorrow. My dcs love this tradition.

DoubleDoubleTwigletTrouble Mon 26-Nov-12 11:16:27

I actually need December to be longer than it is, so I can fit all these things in! The first year I struggled to think of 24 things and now I have about 50 things I want to do!

DewDr0p Mon 26-Nov-12 12:09:56

Here's my list - we usually repeat the simpler ones like reading. HTH!

Go to see Christmas lights
Go to the Panto
Christmas party
Write a letter to Santa
Make Christmas cards
Write Christmas cards
Christmas baking
Make reindeer food
Make Christmas decorations
Eat mince pies
Drink hot chocolate
Nativity set
Read a Christmas story
Watch the Snowman
Watch Polar Express
Play some Christmas tunes
Hang your stockings up
Play Stick the Nose on the Snowman
Play Christmas charades
Buy Christmas trees
Decorate the Christmas tree
An audience with Santa (Portable North Pole)

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