Here's a simple little idea done by Tami Comstock. She made an advent calender by stringing together a chain of things to do printed on our Be Good papers. I had her send me the phrases she used, but you could easily use your own family traditions. I plan to make a "family service" chain to inspire random acts of kindness between my kids.
Tami's Phrases: Day 1 - Read a favorite Christmas story aloud together. Day 2 - Sing (and maybe dance) to a Christmas song. Day 3 - Make some Holiday cookies (and take a plate to a neighbor). Day 4 - Cut out paper snowflakes to decorate your house. Day 5 - Dress up and pose for Christmas pictures. Day 6 - Cuddle up and watch a Classic Christmas movie together. Day 7 - Serve up some warm hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes. Day 8 - Get out the Christmas decorations and put them up. Day 9 - Take a walk outside and enjoy the beauty of the Season. Day 10 - Go Shopping !!!! Day 11 - Do a secret good deed for someone. Shhh! Don’t tell! Day 12 - Gather your Christmas cards and sign and mail them together. Day 13 - Put money in the Salvation Army bucket at your nearest store. Day 14 - Leave a secret treat on someone’s pillow for them to find tonight. Day 15 - Talk about the Christmas symbols and where they came from at dinner. Day 16 - Bake more cookies and treats. Day 17 - String popcorn to decorate with. Day 18 - Visit a Nursing home/Hospital and cheer up someone for the Holidays. Day 19 - Any snow out there? Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or sled! Day 20 - Read the Christmas story in the Scriptures ( Luke 2). Day 21 - Go Christmas Caroling to friends, family, and loved ones. Day 22 - Wrap presents. Day 23 - Take a drive around and look at all the Christmas Lights. Day 24 - Celebrate Jesus' birthday.