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Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Style Challenge: Advent Calendar Activity Ideas (Giveaway)

Advent Calendar Hanging Bucket

This year I have fallen completely for Christmas, I am going to be so organised this month and  savour every moment of December this year.  So when Becky, Jen, Amanda and I decided on Advent Calendars for this month’s Style Challenge, instead of rolling my eyes, and muttering it was ‘still November’, I was all over it. I found some gorgeous calendars and lovely advent calendar activity ideas. I also have one to giveaway.

In my 80s childhood advent calendars were simple pictures, however, I can’t resist an advent calendar you can make your own. Although it means a little bit of preparation, it is a fun ritual that my kids love. Normally our advent calendar just has sweets in, but I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some messages, pictures and tasks too.

I love the simple Hanging Bucket Advent Calendar from House Additions at Wayfair UK (pic above). Anything that hangs rather than taking up limited table space is a very good thing. An even thriftier option is the Santa Peg set, like a mini washing line you can peg notes or wrapped sweets to. You can reuse them year after year and they look more appealing than chocolate advent calendars.

I don’t think I can keep on top of a daily activity for my family, especially now they are at school; Christmas is a busy time, so be realistic or it’s no fun. I like the idea of including fun ideas for things we can do at the weekend as a family.

Advent calendar activity ideas

Activities for the weekend

Write a Letter to Father Christmas
Let’s Buy a Christmas Tree
Decorate the tree
Let’s make Christmas biscuits
Let’s Play a board game together

A little bit of bribery can work wonders…

Treasure Hunt time – if you help write your Christmas cards I will give you a clue as to where the treasure is hiding.
It’s present wrapping day! Hot chocolate and treats when it’s done.

I like the idea of tying in with things we are doing anyway…

Good Luck in your Christmas Show today! Let’s have a treat afterwards?
We’re going to the theatre!

I also love the idea of rituals

Let’s have a mince pie, hot drink and watch a Christmas film
Let’s get your favourite Christmas books out
Christmas Craft Time!
Let’s bake something Christmassy

I think some thoughtful ones are important too

Today I need you to be spies and come home with 3 ideas of what your teacher might like for a present
Time to make a card and present for Grandma!
Let’s make and send a Christmas card to someone who doesn’t get much post
Let’s take everything we don’t need to a charity shop

If you need more ideas, Pinterest is full of advent activity printable.


Do you have an advent calendar tradition in your house?

Why not see what Becky from A Thrifty Home, Jen from Love Chic Living and Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary came up with for this month’s Style Challenge?



Wayfair have a range of advent calendars. I have one German Christmas House Advent Calendar, by Best Season to giveaway, just tell me about your advent calendar traditions in the comments and fill in the rafflecopter to register your entry and claim extra entries. Check out the amazing Prestige Vintage Kitchenware Giveaway too.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms and Conditions There is one prize of a German House Advent Calendar as outlined in the blog post. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair and A Residence. Closing date for entries is 20/11/2015 One entry per person Entrants must log into rafflecopter and comment on the blog. Optional entry methods are to follow on Twitter, Facebook and tweet on Twitter. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries The winner will be informed within 1 week of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen The winner’s name will be available on request This is a joint promotion between Wayfair and A Residence. Entry to this confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.  

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