30 Projects and Activities for December Printable Post Preview: Print out this free calendar of 30 projects and activities for your family to do in December. Do them all or just a few and enjoy a wonderful holiday season.
December can be a crazy month. There are errands to run, plans to complete, and shopping to do. It can get overwhelming. It’s easy to let the month pass you by.
In my extended family, we have been celebrating Christmas together in October for many years now. It’s just when it works for everyone to get together. One of the things I like about it is that it leaves only Christmas with Eric and the kids as a big December event. I love the way my Decembers can be calmer and more intentional.
While I know that Christmas in October is probably not practical for you, I have a free printable to help you make your December a little more intentional. It’s a calendar of 30 Projects and Activities for December for Kids and Families.
Note: The printable is available to download much farther down in this post.
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30 Projects and Activities for December (Free Printable for Kids and Families)
While the projects and activities for December printable is set up like a calendar, you definitely don’t have to use it like that. You can pick and choose the activities that your family wants to do. You can also do them in whatever order you want.
As a matter of fact, I actually have something that happens on December 6th in the 30th spot on the calendar. The numbers do not matter.
Just go in whatever order you want, doing as few or as many as you want on whatever days make sense to you. This is supposed to make your month fun and meaningful, not induce extra stress.
To make printing easier, I have included both a color version of the printable (for those of you with a color printer – this is a new version of the one I love) as well as a black and white version. If you decide to download the black and white version, you might consider printing it on some festive colored papers.
Note: Both of the 30 Projects and Activities for December Printables are available shortly after the list of activities below. There are separate links so you can pick which version to download.
Projects and Activities for December Included on the Printable
2. Send Christmas Cards – Need help with ideas for a Christmas letter? I have some easy steps to follow.
3. Go Caroling
4. Wrap Presents
5. Trim the Tree
6. Write a thank you note to someone who made your year better – This would be a great one for everyone to sit down to work on one night with some cookies and cocoa.
7. Volunteer at a shelter – If this isn’t possible, there may be things you can donate to a shelter as well.
8. Listen to Christmas Songs
9. Shop for Gifts – I know this often falls to Mom to tackle. However, last year I took all three of my kids to Target one night and they split up and shopped for each other and for us (mom and dad). They are already excited to do that again. (Kids too little for that? You could try a “Mom Shop” to help them buy presents. My kids loved that so much for many years!)
11. Decorate a Gingerbread House
12. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – You could substitute this with another favorite Christmas book.
13. Go Ice Skating – I ice skated for the first time a couple of years ago (in Millennium Park) when Molly and I took a mother-daughter trip to Chicago at Christmas time to see Hamilton and have some time together. I loved that trip, but I DID NOT enjoy ice skating.
14. Drink Hot Cocoa – I have lots of ideas for hot cocoa recipes, how to put together a hot chocolate buffet, and even how to make your own hot chocolate powdered mix for gifts (with free printable tags)
15. Mail a letter to Santa
16. Go look at Christmas lights
17. Watch The Nutcracker – If you want to do some activities around it, I have some hands-on Nutcracker learning activities.
18. Make Snowflake Decorations – Here are directions for how to make paper snowflakes. I learned in an even easier way, however. Much like what is shown in the video below:
19. Make Mason Jar Snow Globes – Here’s a quick three minute video on how to do this:
20. Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movie – Our favorite is Olive, The Other Reindeer. We watch it every year.
21. Build a Snowman – No snow? Make a snowman craft instead!
22. Donate a Toy
23. Make a Wreath – This could be a Christmas wreath for the door or you could make an Advent Wreath!
24. Hang Stockings
25. Bake Sugar Cookies
26. Make a Popcorn Garland – Looking for an old fashioned Christmas feel this year? Here’s a two minute video on how to make this traditional garland:
28. Participate in a Cookie Exchange
29. Watch a Live Christmas Program or Living Nativity
30. Put out shoes for Saint Nicholas Day – Way before I was Catholic, my family observed Saint Nicholas Day in order to celebrate our Dutch heritage. In the excitement of waiting for Christmas, it was always a joy to get a few small things on December 6th each year.
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