this year, i found a few advent calendar designs that i thought were cool so i'm combining them. this is a great way to keep your holidays a little less commercial and ad more quality family time. first, you find 12 pair of various sized socks in red, green & white patterns and colors. i say stick with baby/kid sizes. then you number them 1-24. i've seen this done several ways but i'm going to try the cute iron on letters in random sizes and styles that you can find at pretty much any craft store. (...or if i'm brave maybe hand stiching the numbers on...) next, pin them the stockings to a long peice of ribbon or twine garland using tiny clothespins.
some ideas of activities to fill the stockings i've found:
make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows and hang from ceiling.
anonymously buy a gift for a family in need.
decorate the tree and drink eggnog .
go see the lights.
family game night.
make a paper chain.
go ice skating.
bake a batch of Christmas sugar cookies & decorate.
bake another batch of Christmas cookies and share with neighbors.
watch a Christmas movie with plenty of blankets pillows and treats.
make breakfast (maybe citrus french toast?so good...) for dinner.
check out the Christmas lights downtown and take the horsey carriage ride.
unwrap one present. (maybe a Christmas eve idea...)
have hot chocolate with all the fixings like candy canes stir sticks and marshmallows.
write a letter to santa.
make an ornament for the tree.
have a camp out around the Christmas tree.
make handmade gift tags for relativesget a fresh wreath.
polish toenails in Christmas colors.
make peanut butter pinecones to feed birds.
read the Christmas story and leave out milk and cookies for Santa.
going food shopping and bring food to a food bank.
telling Christmas stories by the fireplace.
plan our next family vacation.
have a slide show of photos on a projector.
build a snowman and snow angels and make snow cream.
do a little stargazing.
taking silly pictures all together of each other.
bake homemade bread from scratch.
make a great fort.
write down some questions and record interviews of kiddo.
have a fondue night. chocolate and cheese dipped goodness.
make a gingerbread house go pick out annual Christmas ornaments.
when i really think about what i love best about the holiday season is the relaxing, watching movies and having a cozy time with my family at home so those are probably the kinds of activities we will include the most.
got any more ideas before we make "thee official" list??