I love Christmastime and finding intentional activities for Christmas to do as a family. Currently, I have been using November to create a plan for Christmas so that things actually happen.  A lot of these activities can be used together. For example, the daily countdown chain can be used with anything. I have split the ideas into daily, weekly, and just for moms.

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Simple Activities For Christmas with Kids


Light ‘Em Up- Courtney DeFeo

Courtney has a really fun idea of lighting up the world with kindness by doing daily acts of kindness. I love her ideas and how simple everything is. This is a great way to get your kids to focus on others. 

Paper Chain Countdown

My kids love a good countdown and this is so simple! Remember the construction paper chains from elementary school? That is all you have to make! Put 24 rings on it and a star at the top. Starting December 1st have your kids take one ring off a day.

Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones

If you have the Jesus Storybook Bible you automatically have a 24 day reading plan! Head to Faithgateway to find more details and the printable pictures to correspond with the stories. 

Elf Kindness Acts

Do you have an elf? We do things a little differently with our elf. My kids can touch and play with him. Every day he arrives with an act of kindness. If you want to do this, sign up to receive 24 days of kindness printables

Truth in the Tinsel

We did this a few years ago and my kids really enjoyed it. Basically it is a devotional and craft for each day of Advent. The crafts are all ornaments that you make. If you do not want to make the ornaments, there are also printable ornaments that your kids can color.  It is a lot of fun to do prep this together!  Click here to view more details

Jesse Tree Project

Using a Jesse Tree devotional, you can have a daily devotional and an ornament to go with it. A fun idea is to get a group of 24 women, yourself included, and each person makes 24 of the same ornament. Then you all meet to exchange so everyone has a complete set.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

Go through the book and you can get her printable ornaments. You can also use The Wonder of the Greatest Gift along with this. Ann recently released this book and it is an interactive daily book. 

Star from Afar

Using a wooden nativity set, you can work your way through the Christmas story. My kids absolutely love this. Every single day you hide the star and the kids have to find it. 

Intentional Christmas Activities for Kids, Advent for Kids


Toilet Paper Roll Advent Candles

We did this last year and loved the simplicity of it! Every Sunday leading up to Christmas, light a candle by placing the “candlestick” in the appropriate candle. You will move through the candles for hope, peace, joy, love, and end on the white one for Christmas day. Read more about how to do the advent candles here.

Simply Christmas

Spend time once a week, connecting as a family and going through the Christmas story. The Simply Christmas Weekly Advent Plan includes a passage to read, questions to ask, and ideas for how to create, play, and serve together.  When you purchase, you also get practical tips to help keep Christmas simple and some planning pages. You have the option have the entire kit sent to you or purchase the instant download


Light Breaks Through by Sarah E Frazer

My friend Sarah has written such a good advent devotional. I love her heart and encouragement for moms. You will love reading this devotional throughout the Christmas season.  Check out the devotional here.

Sacred Holidays

Sacred Holidays has studies for women, men, the entire family, and teens. I have used the women’s study and always enjoyed it.

All Good Things Collective

While I have never personally used the advent study, I have done other studies of theirs and always enjoyed. Find out more here.

Christmas Planner

I love a good planner and having a place to organize all of my Christmas thoughts is perfection! This is a great Christmas printable planner and you can pick your price (minimum $1).

Manage the Household Christmas Planner

I also love this Christmas planner and it is only $5.00.

Do you have any intentional activities for Christmas to add to the list? Leave your idea in the comments below!

Remember, the point of being intentional is to focus on doing one thing well. Decide what you will do as a family and then focus on that. What you do in the small moments with your family really does matter and make a great impact. You are doing a great work mama!

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