November 29, 2012

34 ideas for a grown-up activities advent calendar


it's around this time of year that i start seeing DIYs for activities advent calendars cropping up all around the blogosphere. i love them. probably even more than i love the chocolate advent calendars dave and i buy every year. i love the togetherness they inspire, i love that they successfully get people away from the television and computer, and i love that half the time they have you baking delicious eats and drinking something warm (and, ahem, alcoholic).

that being said, about 99.9 percent of the activities advent calendars i've seen have been targeted for children, and adults with children. which totally makes sense - the point of them is to encourage family bonding and help teach kids the meaning and intent of christmas. but you know what? i want in on the fun, too! so, as a childfree couple, dave and i decided to come up with our own version of an activities advent calendar. all it really takes is a little twisting of the usual activities advent calendars to make them a little more "adult".


the construction of my version is pretty simple: folded coverstock paper, clothespinned to a length of twine. you can dress it up or down as you wish. i chose to add paint and glitter, in this year's christmas colours, to each folded card.

so, what kind of activities should you throw in to an adult's activities advent calendar? check out the list below, and let me know your own ideas in the comments!


1. decorate the christmas tree together

2. mix and enjoy boozy eggnog

3. watch the original cartoon of "how the grinch stole christmas"

4. watch bad santa or die hard or national lampoon's christmas vacation

5. build a snowman

6. go to a christmas light illumination ceremony

7. make homemade hot chocolate.
extra points: add in a little bailey's or spiced rum

8. have a picnic in front of the christmas tree

9. or turn it into a sexy picnic

10. or forget the picnic altogether and just get busy

11. go tobogganing

12. go for a walk to see the neighbourhood lights

13. have a snowball fight
extra points: give your partner a facewash (a palmful of snow to the face) or get some snow down their collar and warm each other up afterwards.

14. make paper snowflakes to hang in the windows

15. play board games

16. or indulge in a little strip poker instead

17. kiss under mistletoe
extra points: do something else under the mistletoe (wink wink, nudge nudge)

18. mix a special holiday drink

19. bake chocolate chip cookies or some other tasty goodies

20. turn yourself into a christmas gift. put on something sparkly and tie a bow in your hair. have your partner "unwrap you"

21. make hot apple cider with rye

22. spend an evening in cozy pyjamas

23. donate canned goods to the food drive

24. watch your favourite children's christmas movies (home alone, a muppet christmas carol, the santa clause...)

25. go holiday shopping

26. invite some couple friends over for a holiday dinner

27. go skating

28. share a special winter treat (in ottawa that would be a beavertail (it's not what you think it is))

29. volunteer to pack christmas baskets for families in need, or at a local homeless shelter

30. go christmas carolling
extra points: collect some friends and get your drink on beforehand

31. compete to see who can do the best job wrapping a christmas present

32. or, compete to see who can do the worst

33. read "the night before christmas" and "the nutcracker" to each other

34. go on a romantic sleigh ride
extra points: take the romance back to your home and enjoy a glass of wine, and maybe something more, in front of the fireplace


are you making an advent calendar this year? what kind of activities would you include?

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3 comments:

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Love this idea (and think you are totally correct about most advent calendars focused on children and families with kids). We don't live in an area with snow, but I do think we can adapt some of these. I like the idea of staying in, in our pajamas.

Tatiana said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I helped my mom do this for my dad this year. She was super stoked. One of her activities is take family photos because the last pictures of my immediate family together are from my wedding.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

a great idea. i am just thinking of my guy opening the "unwrap me" on one day, then the next getting "donate canned goods" the next. haha. probably need to plan them out a little strategically..

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