Granddaughter Rachel with her mama’s creative stocking advent calendar!
Here’s an exciting way for kids to count off the days to Christmas! Simply safety pin Christmas socks up on the line. The kids can help you make it. You can buy them at the dollar store in a variety of designs and sizes. It’s easy and fun to put together and makes a cheery decoration too!
Tuck a little note in each sock that describes a fun activity to be done that day to create lots of holiday excitement and family fun. Here’s a few random ideas off the top of my head—I’m sure you’ve got better ones!
Day 1: Put up the Christmas tree
Day 2: Bake cookies
Day 3: Walk around the mall and see the decorations
Day 4: Visit a neighbor with a treat
Day 5: Make a present for someone
Day 6: Light candles and read a Christmas story by candlelight
Day 7: Drive around and see the Christmas lights
Day 8: Write (and draw) greetings to family and friends far away
Day 9: Read all the names of Christ you can find in the scriptures
Day 10: Make a paper chain with red/green construction paper
Day 11: Hang the stockings
Day 12: “Doorbell ditch” something fun secretly to someone
Day 13: Visit a nursing home and talk to the residents
Day 14: Gather grown-out-of coats and mittens for the homeless
Day 15: Invite friends over to play games
Day 16: Have popcorn and hot chocolate for dinner
Day 17: Watch a Christmas movie in jammies
Day 18: Make Christmas ornaments
Day 19: Find a doll that could be Jesus and wrap him in swadding bands. Put him in a basket or “manger” under the Christmas tree.
Day 20: Go to a live nativity, Christmas tree lighting, or other community celebration
Day 21: Sing Chirstmas carols at the piano
Day 22: Invite an elderly person over for dinner
Day 23: Dance to Christmas music
Day 24: Act out the nativity story
Rachel’s mom decides what activity she is prepared for and tucks that note into the stocking at night before she goes to bed. That way she is ready for the fun!
You might enjoy:
Nativity Advent Calendar
Nativity Bracelet Craft Kit
Babushka Nesting Doll