Today is the second installment of the Let’s Get Festive Christmas Blog Hop! Last week, several other bloggers and I shared easy-to-make Christmas ornaments. You can see them all HERE, including my Ribbon Angel Ornament.
Today is all about advent calendars. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get inspiration from all the other bloggers as well. 🎄
My Easy Advent Calendar for Couples
For this project, I decided to make a fun calendar geared toward couples. This year, some of our typical seasonal activities, such as parties and large events, may not be wise, so what better time to savor some of the simple pleasures of the season?
This calendar includes lots of small things you and your partner can do to connect, relax, slow down, and have fun together during the month of December.
I created 24 small, easy-to-do activities for my husband and I to enjoy together, but the great thing about this calendar is that it is easily customizable. Personalize it to make it fit with your interests and amount of time available. This should not be “one more thing” to try and accomplish during the holidays, which can already be a stressful time for some, let alone during a pandemic. Instead, this should be a way to create small experiences that will help you relax and enjoy the season.
I bought these gift tags from Amazon to make the creation of this calendar super easy. If you have a Cricut, or are feeling super crafty, you could certainly make your own tags. These were inexpensive though, so I went the easy route, which is what I need right now. Remember, I said the purpose of this was to slow down and enjoy the season. Don’t stress yourself out unncessarily. Take the shortcut if you need to.
Create the Activities
I simply typed my 24 activities on a Google Doc and printed them out. Then I cut them apart and pasted each one of the back of a tag.
Choose a Display Method
Other ideas for your display:
- a chalkboard
- a bulletin board
- a large picture frame, with Christmas wrapping paper, fabric, or even brown butcher paper behind the glass.
- a piece of distressed or reclaimed wood
- tag board
- a mirror (we used a mirror to hang table assignments at my daughter’s wedding and it was beautiful!)
Hanging the Tags
The gift tags I bought came with two choices of string, which made this project even easier (and more economical), but you can use whatever string, or ribbon you like.
I wrapped it around the chalkboard to create three tiers, so I could hang 8 tags on each tier.
I bought this pack of 100 mini clothespins to clip each tag to the string. Aren’t they cute?! They were less than $8 bucks for the whole pack, and I can use them for other projects in the future, too.
I numbered each tag on the front from 1-24, so that an activity can be turned over for each day in December leading up to Christmas.
I tried to place activities so that they aligned with which were more doable on weeknights, versus weekends, but I also plan to allow for switching things around as needed. Again, this is meant to be low-stress and fun, so if an activity ends up not fitting on a particular day, we’ll just swap it with another.
For example, on weeknights, I have activities like:
- Eat dinner by candlelight
- Make spiked hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie
- Cook dinner together while listening to Christmas music
- Take a winter walk after dark
- Make Christmas charcuterie for dinner
- Read in front of the fire together
Some activities will work better on weekends, like:
- Get coffee/hot chocolate and drive around looking at Christmas lights
- Make a special breakfast together
- Enjoy a lazy morning coffee date at home
- Take an afternoon nap together
But again, all of these are flexible. The joy of this lies in spending time with your special someone, and enjoying the spirit of the season together. ❤️🎄
Wishing you small joys 🎼,
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Christmas Blog Hop!
I’m super excited to be joining several other bloggers for a month-long Christmas Blog Hop! Check out the advent calendars linked up below, and then come back each Friday this month for more Christmas fun!
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