24 things for DC to do in the run up to Christmas?

(21 Posts)
CrumbledFeta Sat 21-Nov-15 18:56:20

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Glassofwineneeded Sat 21-Nov-15 19:09:43

Bake Christmas cookies
Make mince pies
Put tree up
Write Christmas cards
Visit friends/family
Go on a night -time walk admiring the lights in the area
Have hot choc with marshmallows
Watch a festive film
Shop for gifts
Go to a carol service
Visit Santa

yomellamoHelly Sat 21-Nov-15 19:17:09

Gingerbread house
Make a bauble
Get a Christmas Jumper
Put Christmas bedding on
Make a wreath (for real or paper cut-out version)
Paper chains

Redberrypie Sat 21-Nov-15 19:20:11

We make a big thing about having a big toy clear and taking them to the charity shop.

Visit local garden centres to see the decorations and each year they get to pick one new bauble each.

Vistaverde Sat 21-Nov-15 19:30:53

Write and a post Christmas list to Santa
Read about the Christmas story
Make a decoration for the tree
Dance to Christmas songs
Donate food to the foodbank

YouMakeMyDreams Sat 21-Nov-15 19:32:59

I love this idea shamelessly following for inspiration.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Sat 21-Nov-15 19:35:53

Wear tinsel on your head
Plan a party
Invite a long lost friend for tea
Buy special sweets
Donate food
Put the tree up
Write cards
Make sausage rolls
Sing carols
Go to church
Watch a school play
Go late night shopping
Drink hot chocolate
Watch an old movie
Play in the snow
Walk in the woods
Make paper chains
Make santa hats
Make christmas pudding

Bimblywibbler Sat 21-Nov-15 21:29:30

Make mince pies
Make a table centrepiece (holly, pine cones...)
Donate to foodbank or toy appeal
Write christmas cards
Decorate tree
Hang up stocking
Perform in christmas play
Decorate christmas cake
Tidy bedroom!!

CrumbledFeta Mon 23-Nov-15 08:45:50

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TheOnlyPink Mon 23-Nov-15 11:10:04

We do this every year! Our activities range from super simple, to big days out. I absolutely love it and it helps the time pass to the big day!

Picnic tea in front of the tree
Christmas playdoh (red food colouring and mixed spice, glitter!)
Stick sparkles onto lolly sticks to make stars
Paper chains
North pole breakfast
Make cookies
Long walk with hot chocolate in a flask
Christmas bike ride (tinsel wrapped around the handle bars. They're more excited about it that way!)
Gingerbread house
Christmas stories
Go pick a new ornament
Trip to town to see the lights
Panto
Trip to a Christmas market
Ice skating
Make mince pies

That's all I can think of from my list off the top of my head!

G1veMeStrength Mon 23-Nov-15 11:54:21

If you are religious there is a email you can sign up to get an activity a day. I can't remember what it was called though. It's by the people who do all the Lent 40 acts stuff I think.

onehellofafright Mon 23-Nov-15 12:57:37

Ours include:
Local hospice service
Theatre
New decoration
Food bank
Hot chocolate
Make friends presents
Write cards
Grinch film night
Make daddy into a snowman
Feed the birds
Go for a walk
Visit the reindeer
Make a mug and plate for Santa
Make crispy wreath
Non alcoholic mulled wine
Carpet picnic
Make fudge
Look for holly
Board game
Cinema
Colouring
Hair cuts
Get tree
Make croissants
Make reindeer food
Go for a Christmas picnic
Polar express train
1st Dec breakfast
Write to Santa
Cafe for cake
Decorates gingerbread house
Write something nice about each other
Clap a carol and guess
Christmas treats with grandparents
Cookies to the fire station
Special supper
Takeaway for dinner

G1veMeStrength Mon 23-Nov-15 13:03:59

Ah this is what I was on about: www.stewardship.org.uk/be-inspired/advent-wonder
I might do some things from their Advent Challenge.

TelephoneTree Mon 23-Nov-15 13:25:46

Make a pressie for the teacher
Write Christmas cards for the neighbours
Try making a gingerbread house hmm
Make snowman picture using fingerprints for bodies and draw arms and legs and noses.
Make a toilet roll reindeer
Bake something Christmassy for grandparents.
We're doing Elfie's Christmas letters this year too which is part of a story each day. V excited!

cheapandcheerful Mon 23-Nov-15 20:47:15

What is a North Pole breakfast?

GastonsChestHair Mon 23-Nov-15 20:56:49

We do rack-ing. Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. You can do one every day for 24 days or just as a one off.

It can be something little like paying for someone's parking by taping coins to the pay machine or buying a coffee for the next person in the queue. Or it can be bigger, like making up a little box with homemade biscuits or a bottle of wine and anonymously leaving it at a neighbours, maybe someone who will be alone or an old person who needs cheering up. There are lists online if you're struggling for ideas.

Our kids love doing it.

TelephoneTree Mon 23-Nov-15 21:08:16

NP breakfast is lots of lovely magical looking sweet treats! If you look it up on Pinterest, you'll get loads of ideas.

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Mon 23-Nov-15 23:16:15

Write a letter to Santa
Decorate the Christmas tree
Play with Christmas Lego
Make Christmas cards
Make Christmas decorations
Write Christmas cards
Carol Concert
Read a Christmas story
Drink hot chocolate
Watch a Christmas movie
Pull a cracker
Play some Christmas tunes
Visit Santa
Christmas baking
Watch a Christmas movie
Eat mince pies
Play Stick the Nose on the Snowman/Rudolph
Make reindeer food
Eat Christmas chocolate

Pobspits Mon 23-Nov-15 23:23:09

Love the RAOK idea

AbeSaidYes Mon 23-Nov-15 23:33:04

That's lovely Gastons, last year I did a different activity each day but this year I want my five year old to do stuff with a bit more meaning. I love the idea of RAOK.

mouldycheesefan Tue 24-Nov-15 09:54:59

This is my idea of hell! We do lots of great stuff at Xmas in fact already started but documenting them in Advance takes away flexibility and spontaneity and makes it feel pressurised especially if the children are saying " but mum, it's December 3rd it says here that tonight we will go for a winters walk" when actually it's poring, you have a cold, worked late and have 10 loads of laundry to do.

Have lots of ideas in mind but keep it flexible and don't make Xmas a parental task overload!

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