Christmas Traditions: 24 Gifts & Activities

December 2, 2017

the simple and grand 

If you keep up with me on Instagram, then you're already aware of these things that I'm doing with and for Noah this year. I decided to make an official post because I got an overwhelming response from moms who wanted to do the same with their kids and wanted more ideas.

We do Elf on the Shelf and going forward, he will drop by a gift on his first day back. The gift (subject to change every year) will contain ideas for gifts and activities to do for all the day leading up to Christmas. Our Elf comes between the morning after Thanksgiving and the 1st of December or on the 1st of December. Your way, your rules!

So this year, Ziah (our Elf) brought a box that looks like a book and met Noah on our bookcase in his section of books. The box has small pieces of paper with the ideas written on them and this can be as simple or as fancy as you'd like. There are tons of ways to go about this. Think of it as an advent calendar, just your way. I decided to get little envelopes and have him practice his numbers by pulling them out on the designated day.


box (or small Holiday bag)
cards & envelopes (or any piece of paper, cut up in small pieces)
number stamps (or you can write the number on the envelop yourself)
washi tape (optional)

This is suppose to be fun- not stressful. So on the days that I can't build a gingerbread house with him, I plan ahead to get a decorated donut at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru with him after class. Kids are so easy to please and I want the simple things to be just as exciting for him as the grand things. Our gift/activities go from a day at Walt Disney World to a bedtime pass. I have to consider my school and study schedule as well as my husband's work schedule in order to make everything work smoothly. At the end, all that matters is the good memories we give our children and the quality time we spend with them. Sometimes they may not even remember the things- material or activities, but they will remember how we've made them feel.

Here are some small gifts and activities you can do with your family:

Small gifts or stocking stuffers 
bubble bath soap
treat / snack
candy cane
mini puzzle
glow stick
glow in the dar stars
crayon / coloring book


Coloring / painting
Gingerbread house
Gingerbread village 
Gingerbread train
Christmas story 
Random act of kindness 
Christmas cards
Research on christmas traditions 
Research on christmas in other cultures
Drive around and see lights 
Ice skate
Vake & decorate (cookies, brownies, cake)
Christmas movies
Christmas stories 
Holiday inspired breakfast 
Game night 
Local carnival 
Letter to Santa
Arts & Crafts (millions of ideas)
Scavenger hunt
New Year resolutions 
Camp in living room
create ornaments 
a book a day
Donate food
Family photos

Hot cocoa 

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