Our 12 Days of Christmas Family Activities

12 Days of Christmas Fabric bag Garland hanging across length of living room.

One year, a few years ago, my mom made us a long garland with Christmas themed fabric bags tied on, and little ornaments for decorations. There were 12 bags to be exact.  She filled up with such fun little toys and candies that year for us to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. It was so much fun and the kids loved it!

The garland expands the whole length of our living room and I love it as a decoration. Every year since then we have filled it up and enjoyed doing the 12 days of Christmas.

This year, we were deciding what to put in it. We were kind of tired of a bunch of little toys that get broken easily being all over the house, even though they are fun for the time being.

We are also trying not to overindulge ourselves with sweets and sugar.

The Christmas Season just has so many sweet things, with favorite cookies and breads to make, neighbor gifts, and in other years when Covid19 wasn’t around, a ton of holiday parties.

Don’t forget the candy Santa puts in stockings.

And then on top of it, my youngest daughter’s birthday is in December and is pretty close to Christmas. So of course, we are having cake and presents on her birthday.

This year we are making a kitty cat themed cake because she just loves kitty cats. It is the sweetest thing. We don’t have a cat, but whenever she sees the neighbor cat through the window, she says “Kitty!” and runs over as fast as she can. Same with when we are outside, except she will try to run to them, but they tend to run away, then she is running after them as fast as her little legs can carry her saying “Kitty! Kitty!”. She just loves them. We even are getting her a kitty cat toy that meows and walks.

So, with her birthday also in the mix of Christmas, there is a lot of sugar going on in our house.

This year, for the 12 days of Christmas, we really wanted to focus on more family activities we can do together.

So, we decided not to do little chocolates and little toys. Don’t worry, we still put in some sweet things, but it was more family experience-based, like making sugar cookies and decorating them as a family. We only did a few sweet based ones, sugar cookies and making a gingerbread house.

We tried to spread it out so there are as many days in between them as possible, also keeping in my youngest birthday and not wanting to do those sugar activities right before or after her birthday.

Also, when planning the 12 days of Christmas, we realized we needed a school week full of simple activities to do because of school and my husband working that week. He was able to take the week of Christmas off, which the kids have off also! Yay!

Some fun easy things we thought of was reading a new Christmas book, for us I just bought “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Another day was playing Christmas freeze dance using our google home. We also planned on one of the school days playing a fun game of Christmas Charades. Another was playing Christmas Mad Libs on our google home.

For other activities we put down some Christmas movies we wanted to watch as a family, make a fun Christmas craft (a pom-pom snowman this year), look at lights, then on Christmas Eve make Aunt Clara’s Butterfingers for Santa.  

For one of the days that we knew was going to be super busy, we did decide to do fun Christmas stickers for the kids. We are hoping to find some window décor stickers so we can still decorate our window as a simple and fun family activity.

There are a lot of other traditions we do during the Christmas Season. Like doing service and giving to others. Also, things like reading Christmas stories we already have from previous years and on Christmas Eve they get to open one gift. This year it will be matching/ coordinating pajamas from my parents.

We love doing the 12 days of Christmas as one of our traditions!

Here is our list in order for the 12 Days of Christmas. In each bag, we are putting a slip of paper that says the activity on it and a fun accessory if possible.

  • Sunday the 13th: Make and Decorate Sugar Cookies (Put in a few cookie cutters)
  • Monday the 14th: Play Christmas Charades
  • Tuesday the 15th: Unwrap and read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
  • Wednesday the 16th: Christmas Freeze Dance using Christmas Songs
  • Thursday the 17th: Play Christmas Mad libs on our google home (You could also buy a Christmas Mad Libs book to use)
  • Friday the 18th: Watch the movie “Klaus” (We’ve never seen it before but my Sister-in-Law loved it, so I’m excited to see it”. White Christmas, the Polar Express, Barbie and the Nutcracker, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. Prancer, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful life
  • Saturday the 19th: Make Fuzzball Snowmen Craft (Put in a few craft supplies)
  • Sunday the 20th: Christmas or Nativity Window Stickers (put in stickers that fit and then decorate window together)
  • Monday the 21st: Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Tuesday the 22nd: Make a Gingerbread House (Put in some candy from the Gingerbread House Kit)
  • Wednesday the 23rd: Movie Night (watch White Christmas, the Polar Express, Miracle on 34th street
  • Thursday the 24th: Make Aunt Clara’s Butterfingers for Santa! (Put in Chocolate Chips)

Honestly, some of these we probably would have done no matter what, like the sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, looking at Christmas lights, Movie nights, and making cookies of Santa.

Other activities we probably wouldn’t have done without the 12 days of Christmas, like all the games, the snowman craft, and the window stickers. It is really fun to be able to do those and spend more quality time together.

However, using some of our traditions for the 12 days of Christmas makes it so we would definitely do it and not forget about it or struggle to find time for it. It is already planned out and ready to go. Like the Gingerbread House and making sugar cookies. Plus, it makes it extra fun for the kids. It also allowed us to make sure we got in the Christmas movies we are really excited to watch.

Doing the 12 days of Christmas with activities really allows us to intentionally spend more time together doing activities and having fun.

There are so many fun ways to do the 12 days of Christmas and I am so glad we are focusing on fun activities we can do together this year.

What do you do for the 12 days of Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

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