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When I was a public school kindergarten teacher, I planned an entire December full of alphabet themed holiday fun. We included Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza so that everyone felt included. Now that I am at home with my own children we have fun with the ABCs of Christmas. Sometimes these activities make it into our daily Advent calendar and sometimes they are added to our lesson plans.
ABCs of Christmas
A – Angel
This angel craft, made out of a paper plate, looks easy enough that a preschooler could do it.
B – Bells
Create a jingle bell craft using cups, jingle bells, and pipe cleaners.
B can also mean books! Check out my Christmas book recommendations.
C – Cookies
My family decorates Christmas cookies every year. I have a gluten allergy, but thankfully Against All Grain has a fantastic cookie recipe.
D – Doughnut Bar
Doughnuts are one of our favorite treats. A doughnut bar is a fun way to stretch this sweet treat into a family activity.
E – Elf
F – Family
The holiday season is a great time to spend extra time with family. This Christmas charades game looks like a lot of fun!
G – Gingerbread
Gingerbread Day is one of our favorite Advent activities. My kids look forward to making gingerbread play dough.
H – House
Speaking of gingerbread, we decorate a gingerbread house every year. The pre-built ones seem to be sturdier than the ones we have to assemble ourselves, so I always grab one as soon as I see them in the stores.
I – Ice Cream
My family loves ice cream year round. It is my kids favorite dessert. I think we are going to add in a new Advent activity this year by making peppermint ice cream with white chocolate chunks. I will use peppermint extract and my trusty ice cream maker.
J – Jesus
Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas, so it only seems natural to include him in the crafts. This fingerprint baby Jesus in a manger craft is adorable and easy. It would also work with do a dot markers.
K – Kings
This three kings craft is a great addition to a child-friendly manger scene.
L – Lights
We drive around to look at lights every year. This Christmas lights scavenger hunt will be a fun addition.
M – Mistletoe
This mistletoe foot print is absolutely adorable with baby foot prints. I suspect that kids of all ages would think this is a fun activity though.
N – Nativity
These DIY nativity stones are a fantastic way for children to act out the traditional Christmas story.
O – Ornament
Every year my kids make a keepsake ornament. I love seeing them on our tree year after year.
P – Poinsettia
Poinsettias are the classic Christmas flower. These paper plate poinsettias are absolutely gorgeous.
Q – Quiet
Quiet nights are supposed to be a part of Christmas, but those can be hard to come by for many parents. This felt gingerbread men craft is a great addition to a quiet bag.
R – Reindeer
This footprint reindeer keepsake is adorable. One year I helped my children make this print on a shirt. It was my favorite Christmas shirt of all time.
S – Snow
Last year we had a white Christmas and my son is still talking about it. Our chances of waking up to snow on the ground are definitely lower now that we live in North Carolina. Hopefully a DIY snowglobe will be a good substitute.
T – Tree
This ripped paper tree craft looks easy enough for kids of all ages. They can make a pattern or be creative.
U – Ugly Sweater
Baking and decorating ugly sweaters sounds like a delicious (and cheaper!) alternative to buying ugly sweaters for the entire family.
Put your recyclables to good use by creating a recycled Christmas village. The village can grow all season long.
W – Wreath
A hand print wreath is a great way to remember how little those hands really are. Save this to look back on!
X – xylophone
I’m going to be honest (always). Finding a ‘x’ activity for our ABCs of Christmas was not easy! Listening to these Christmas songs played on a xylophone may inspire your children to dust their own xylophone off and give it a try.
Y – Yule Log
These cute yule log ornaments use toilet paper rolls to create little yule logs.
Z – Zoo Lights
Zoo lights is one of my sons favorite Advent activities. If there is a zoo in your area, I highly recommend checking out their website to see if they offer any holiday displays.
Do you have any ABCs of Christmas activities you do each year? Share them in the comments!
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