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Printable Advent Calendar Activities
There’s just something special about the holiday season that I love. Yes, it’s a chaotic and busy time in our lives. But it’s also a time when people really seem to come together in ways they don’t at other times.
We have plenty of holiday traditions in our family. I like to think that year after year our traditions are creating memories that we will all look back on fondly.
Sure, there are gifts to be purchased, packages to be wrapped, and plenty of holiday festivities to enjoy, but at the heart of it are our family and friends.
We celebrate the entire month of December really. Our tree is usually up around Thanksgiving and on December 1st, we start our advent calendars and Christmas countdowns. We have quite a few each year.
Advent Calendar Printable Activities
Some of our advent calendars are store bought and some are reusable. One of my favorite ways to count down to Christmas is with printable advent calendar activities.
Using free advent printable activities makes it easier to put together your advent calendar (or advent jar)! Plus, most of our printable Christmas advent calendar ideas are focused on family and friends. Instead of focusing on getting gifts every day, they’re focused on things you can do with your family during the holiday season.
There are two ways we’ve used this advent printable.
If you have a reusable advent calendar, you can use the slips of paper to refill the doors or spaces.
If you don’t have a calendar, you don’t really need one! You can get a large jar or a cute holiday box, print the slips and put them all in your container. All you have to do is pull one out each day and enjoy the holiday season with your family!
Advent Printable Activities
You can click on the image below to download your free advent calendar activities or CLICK HERE.
There are 30 ideas included on the premade slips and two blanks slips as well in case you want to add in your own ideas.
You probably have most of what you’ll need around the house already! The things you will need to have on hand to use our printable advent calendar ideas include:
- materials to make ornaments together
- ingredients to make cookies or ready to bake cookies
- hot chocolate
- Christmas book
- holiday craft materials
- holiday movie to watch
- materials to make a garland
- paper to make “snowballs” (unless you have real snow!), letter writing, and snowflakes
- candy canes
- Christmas socks
- a small gift
- materials to make ice cream cone Christmas trees (ice cream cones, frosting, and candy)
- A Christmas Carol movie
- Christmas themed coloring pages (you can just print one you find online!)
- Board Game
- materials to make/decorate a gingerbread house
- ingredients to make a reindeer treat
All of these activities are included in our printable advent calendar.
Gift Giving Made Easier
While friends and family are our focus during the holiday season, not all of the important people in our lives live close enough to see this time of year. Gigi is one of those people who doesn’t live close enough to always be around during the holidays.
Thanks to technology, we can still see them a bit and share special moments like holiday programs at school which I know she loves.
I still do my best to create some traditions that include the grandparents who live out of state. Each year we choose gifts to send to Gigi and Gpops. I like to put together a little box of gifts to send off to them.
Some of the things I include are photos of the kids, a card from me, and some little gifts that the kids have picked out. The kids love going shopping and finding something that’s just perfect!
The shopping is the fun part but the shipping is the part I usually put off until the very last minute.
Thankfully I’ve learned the trick to making holiday shipping easier! It’s The UPS Store. We’ve had one down the street from our neighborhood for years and I only just figured this out recently!
There are over 5,000 locations so The UPS Store is convenient and can actually help with holiday packing, shipping, printing as well as any package and mail receiving you might need!
The UPS Store will help you pack and ship your holiday gifts.
Yes, this is my new secret weapon. It just makes it so easy to get our gifts there on time!
The UPS Store sells all the supplies you need to get your gifts packaged but they also offer the Pack and Ship Guarantee.
When you let the certified packing professionals at your local store pack your gifts using materials purchased at the store, if something is lost or damaged you’ll be reimbursed the cost of packaging materials and service, as well as shipping costs!
If you do decide to pack your own gifts for shipping, here are some tips from The UPS Store:
- Take batteries out of items before shipping.
- Use a sturdy new box with secure corners to provide additional protection. Do not use old boxes or gift boxes to ship gifts, or string or wrapping paper on the outside of the package.
- Use at least two inches of packaging material on each side of your item.
- Make sure the sender’s and recipient’s addresses are visible both inside and outside of the package.
- Use packing tape on all package seams. Do not use masking, cellophane or duct tape.
If you’re looking for an easier way to ship this holiday season, I highly recommend finding The UPS Store closest to you!
Celebrating the Holidays The UPS Store Way
The UPS Store network is also the exclusive sponsor of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. It’s just another way they’re helping out the community!
The program helps give less fortunate children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life by providing them direct access to resources that will enhance their ability to read and communicate effectively. This is a great cause to teach your children about during the holiday season!
From now through December 31st, participating The UPS Store locations will support the Toys for Tots Literacy Program with an in-center donation card drive. It’s a great way to teach your kids about helping those in need.
If you’re looking for more ways to have a little holiday fun, The UPS Store is doing some fun things on social media this year!
- Facebook Life: 5 Days of Giftmas – The UPS Store is hosting the 5 Days of Giftmas, a fun interactive guessing game where customers have a chance to win some exciting prizes. There will be one Facebook Live game each day Dec. 11th-15th at 2 p.m. ET. Follow The UPS Store brand Facebook page to play along!
- Instagram: Guess the Gift and unexpected pack and ship – If you follow The UPS Store Instagram page, you’ll notice a similar game where customers will see a box and get a series of clues so that they can “Guess the Gift” for a chance at a cool prize. This fun series starts on Dec. 4th and will continue for approximately three weeks. The UPS Store will have a new box every Monday and Wednesday. Follow The UPS Store Instagram page to play for a chance to win!
Make the holiday season one that’s all about your family by starting traditions that will end up as fond memories when everyone is older.
Get your free printable advent calendar activities and start a new tradition in a very easy way! You can start your Christmas countdown any day of the month with these printable advent calendar ideas! They make it so easy to celebrate!
Then be sure to make all of your holiday shipping easy too!
Less time spent packing and shipping means more time to celebrate with the ones you love!
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