To build a bit of excitement and anticipation around Christmas time I’ve created a tradition to deliver 24 days of festive activities in the form of a DIY advent calendar.

I can’t take credit for this idea. My friend, who is also the author to an amazing blog Charles Whyte, shared this awesome idea with me more than four years ago, and since then I have enjoyed crafting activities to help bring joy in the lead up to Christmas.

Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been up to in the lead up and some inspiration should you wish to create your own for next year…

 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar ideas for the whole family

Fill each box with something fun. It could be an activity, an inspirational saying – use your imagination. Here’s an insight into this year’s calendar:

  • Take the time to reflect on the year that’s been. Write down 3 things that you are thankful for.
  • Choose a night of the week when everyone is free and watch a Christmas movie. My favourite is The Muppet’s Christmas Carol but you can choose the best or daggiest movie you can think of.
  • Take a picture of something that made you laugh or smile today and share via text.
  • Looking ahead to the New Year, what are 2 goals that you hope to achieve?
  • If you see a busker on the street throw some cash their way. Or if you are not out and about, donate to a charity online and feel the true gift of giving.
  • Pop several chocolate coated almonds into a balloon. Upon opening the box, ask them to blow up the balloon and guess how many are inside. The person closest to the answer wins a prize.
  • Include small Christmas decorations for each family member to take to work to decorate their desk.
  • Put a small object for each person into the box and ask them to hide it around the lounge room. That night go on a hunt to find each object. The persons whose object is the last found wins a prize.
  • Print out a Christmas crossword to complete.
  • Insert pictures of inspiration to help put a positive spin on your day ahead.
  • Include lollies or chocolates in alternating boxes for an extra surprise.

Prizes can be a chocolate bar, pair of socks or anything that is novel – anything goes really.

The key to the countdown is to keep it lighthearted and encourage everyone to feel a little bit happier and looking forward to what can often be dubbed the ‘silly season’.

What do you do to get in the Christmas spirit?

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