Tomorrow is the start of advent which is the countdown to Christmas. Advent reminds Christians of the meaning of Christmas. It reminds Christians to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus. Christians may also attend carol services as part of Advent, as well as preparing by sending cards and buying gifts.

Some people use a calendar to help them count down until Christmas. I am going to try and do a different activity each day with my family – you could do the same. Some ideas are:

  • Decorate the Christmas tree/house
  • Write cards to friends and family
  • Bake something for a neighbour
  • Write a letter to someone you care about or haven’t seen for a while
  • Make paper chains
  • Build a den in the garden for shelter for wildlife
  • Make a winter bird feeder
  • Make an ice sculpture and photograph it each day as it changes
  • Read a new book each day
  • Find out about how Christmas is celebrated around the world
  • Help someone around the house
  • Watch a Christmas film
  • Make a festive hot chocolate with cinnamon
  • Go for a night time walk or drive to see local decorations and pretty lights
  • Make a lantern
  • Play a family board game
  • Help make dinner
  • Write a letter to Father Christmas
  • Make a list of all the things you are thankful for
  • Build a den and read a story with your family
  • Toast marshmallows in the garden
  • Go for a walk and hide a note/decorated pebble for a stranger to find
  • Make some reindeer food


You could challenge yourself to read a new book everyday in the lead up to Christmas – to help you with that here are some links to phonics activities which you might find useful:

Have fun and enjoy – send us some photos via email to show what you get up to! Get creative!


The Year 1 team