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Our Advent Box - Advent Ideas for Montessori Families

My favorite time of the year is nearly here! I love Christmas time and everything about it! Simply everything about this time is magical. And, if it's magical to me, I know it's even more so to my children! Since Advent is such a small window of time, I like to be intentional about how we are celebrating the season together.

In the past, we have always done some sort of Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. They have typically been something store bought and have worked well. But, we had so much fun with our fall bucket list, that I wanted to do something similar for Advent! So, I decided we would do an Advent box.

A countdown to Christmas - Advent ideas for our Montessori family

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Basically, I bought a pretty Christmas box {just a cheap gift wrapping one} and each day the children can open it to find a Christmas themed activity that we will do that day, or a small trinket gift. I thought I would share my list in case anyone is still looking for ideas on how to celebrate this season! This list is in no particular order, by the way. Some will have to happen on certain days, and others I can be flexible on, I will create my calendar weekly as I know what else we are doing that week! You will also notice a couple of repeats along the way too! 

  1. Decorate our house 
  2. Beeswax Advent Wreath Candle Kit
  3. Movie night at city train station 
  4. Put out all our holiday books 
  5. Small candies 
  6. Get our Christmas Tree
  7. Decorate our tree
  8. Make hot chocolate for snack 
  9. Unwrap new Christmas book 
  10. Bake cookies together
  11. Shop for sibling Christmas gifts at local toy store 
  12. Go to the Cathedral and look at the nativity 
  13. Family pajama game night 
  14. Small Candies
  15. Unwrap new Christmas Book
  16. Make our gifts for extended family
  17. Small Playmobil set  
  18. Make a gingerbread house together 
  19. Drive around and look at Christmas lights 
  20. Watch "Snowy Day" short film together 
  21. Make soup together and bring some to our neighbors {Thanks Milkweed Montessori for this idea!} 
  22. Christmas Stickers 
  23. Unwrap new Christmas Book
  24. Small Christmas nutcracker with an assortment of nuts

A countdown to Christmas - Advent ideas for our Montessori family


I hope this idea turns out to be as fun as I think it will be! This will be in addition to our nightly advent wreath lighting and religious celebrations. 

A countdown to Christmas - Advent ideas for our Montessori family

Do you have an Advent celebration tradition?
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