Day 1: Ready, Set, Bake!

  • Let your friends and family decide who makes the best Christmas cookie!
  • You can use some of your family favorite recipes or try something new like Christmas Wreaths or Chocolate Crinkles

Christmas Wreaths 


  • ½ cup butter
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 1 ½ teaspoons green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Corn Flakes cereal
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon red hot candies


  • Gather ingredients
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook stirring constantly, until melted.
  • Remove from heat, stir in food coloring and vanilla extract, then stir in Corn Flakes.
  • Set out one or two sheets of waxed paper. Fill a skillet with 1 inch of very hot water. Place the saucepan into the skillet so the cookie dough stays warm.
  • Quickly drop a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough onto the waxed paper, and use lightly greased fingers to form it into a wreath shape (this is where the kids can really help). Immediately decorate the cookie with red hot candies. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Allow cookies to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.


Chocolate Crinkles


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar


  • Gather ingredients.
  • Mix sugar, cocoa, and oil together in a medium bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture until thoroughly mixed. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Roll or scoop chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Coat each ball in confectioners’ sugar and place 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.


Day 2: Christmas Campout

Day 3: DIY Ornament

Make your own ornament with things found around the house.

Paper Plate Ornament


  • Paper plate
  • crayons/markers
  • gems/stickers
  • Hole puncher
  • String to hang plate on


  • Color the plate with either markers or crayons
  • Decorate the plate using gems, stickers, etc.
  • Punch 2 holes at the top of the plate
  • Put the string through the holes and tie so you can hang it on the tree.
  • Don’t forget to put your name and year on it!


Handprint Salt Dough Ornament


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 cups warm water


  • Combine all ingredients and mix well until dough starts to form.
  • Take dough out of the bowl and knead for at least 10 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough between ¼ to ½ inch thickness.
  • Press hands into dough.
  • Cut out the handprint or use a bowl to create a circle around the handprint and cut it out that way. 
  • Using a straw make a hole at the top of the ornament.
  • Let the ornament air dry for a day.
  • Once it is fully dry you can paint and decorate the ornament.
  • Place string in the hole for hanging.


Day 4: Snowball Fight

Day 5: Surprise Card

  • Create an unexpected card for someone. 
  • Here’s some cards you can print and color to give out to friends and family.

Day 6: Christmas Socks

Day 7: Christmas Light Art

Use your fingers to make Christmas Lights


  • Get a piece of paper and draw a squiggle line like a string of Christmas lights.
  • Using your fingerprint and paint or ink pads, make light bulbs across the line.
  • You can make colored lights or white.
  • If you don’t want to use your fingers - cotton swabs work great too!


Day 8: Dance Party

Bring out the glow sticks and have a dance off to your favorite holiday songs!

Day 9: Night Light Story Time

Day 10: Christmas Countdown

Use paper to make a chain to countdown the days till Christmas


  • Construction paper (any color)
  • Tape/Staple
  • Scissors


  • Cut construction paper into long strips, (8” strips). You will want 15 strips total. 
  • Make the strips into rings by using tape or staples to form a row. 
  • Each day take off a ring to countdown to Christmas!

Day 11: Share the Love

Volunteer together somewhere to help spread some Christmas joy!

  • You can serve at places like a local animal shelter (help clean up and play with animals), a food pantry, you can shovel someone’s driveway and sidewalk if it snows, and make cards to send to a local retirement home or families in Children’s Hospital.

Day 12: Game Night

Bring out your favorite board/card games and have a night of family fun!

  • If you are low on favorite board/card games - you can also play these no material games like Hide and Seek, Musical Chairs, Duck Duck Goose, Telephone, Ninja, Finish the Lyrics, and 20 Questions. There are also free online games you can try like Heads Up, Bingo, and Jeopardy.

Day 13: Snowstorm

Create this science experiment for a snowstorm in a jar!


  • Baby oil (you can use vegetable Oil as well but the liquid will be yellow)
  • White paint
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Clear glass jar
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Blue food coloring (optional)


  • Fill up ¼ of the jar with water
  • Add about a teaspoon of white paint in the water and stir to mix. The mixture should look like milk, add more if needed.
  • Fill up the rest of the jar with baby oil. Let the water and paint mixture settle to the bottom.
  • Add glitter/food coloring if desired.
  • Let everything settle.
  • Break up an Alka-Seltzer tablet and drop the broken up pieces one at a time into the jar. 
  • Watch the experiment take place.


You can also make snow with this experiment!

  • Pour baking soda into a container. 
  • Add shaving cream and knead it in. 
  • Keep adding shaving cream until the mixture is light and powdery like snow, usually taking around 10 minutes


Day 14: Christmas Spirit

Show off your Christmas spirit by dressing in red and green. You can even make red and green food at dinner!

  • You can eat things like grapes and strawberries. You can dye your pasta, pancakes, or eggs and make it a fun meal!

Day 15: Sing Loud for All to Hear

Go caroling around the neighborhood. If you aren’t able to do that you can always FaceTime/Zoom a friend or family member to spread some Christmas cheer!

Day 16: Thank you

Make your own thank you cards for your delivery drivers (Amazon, Fedex, US mail)

Day 17: Angel Craft

Make your own angel craft. You can even use it as a tree topper!


  • Paper plate (you can use big or little ones)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner
  • A paper or cardstock circle for the head
  • Decorations (markers, glitter, scraps of lace or fabric, paint, stickers, etc.)


  • Cut about ¼ out of your paper plate, in a triangle shape
  • Roll the corner of the paper plate in and glue it (you’ll be gluing it somewhere around the center). This makes 1 wing with the remainder of the paper plate that’s sticking out.
  • Glue the ¼ paper plate that you cut out to the center back, to make the other wing.
  • Cut a circle out of paper or cardstock for the head and glue it to the top center of the paper plate angel.
  • Take ½ a pipe cleaner (a whole pipe cleaner if you’re using a big plate) and twist it into a halo shape.
  • Glue the halo to the back of the head.
  • Decorate your paper plate angel with whatever fun, colorful, and fluffy stuff that you have around.


Day 18: You Rock

Decorate some rocks and leave them around your neighborhood for people to find.

  • You can paint or draw with markers some cute Christmas themes to spread some joy.

Day 19: Let It Snow

Make some snowflakes to hang around your house.


  • Coffee filters
  • Washables markers
  • Scissors 
  • Paper clips


  • Start by flattening your coffee filter and coloring them with the markers.
  • Once you have completed your designs, place your coffee filters onto trays to keep the mess to a minimum and spray them with water.
  • Let them dry completely - most dry in 2 hours.
  • Time to cut and create the snowflakes!
    • Fold the coffee filter in half
    • Fold it in half again
    • Fold your piece into thirds. The edges should line up and create a triangle.
    • Cut out different lines or shapes along the edges. (There are also templates you can use with a quick google search.)
    • Unfold the filter to reveal your snowflake!


Day 20: Yummy Yummy

Get all your favorite toppings out and make some delicious hot cocoa

    Day 21: Gingerbread House

    Buy or DIY a kit and build some houses!

    • Here are some things you can use to make a DIY Gingerbread House!
      • Graham Crackers
      • Ice Cream Cones
      • Pop-Tarts
      • For a non-edible house you can use cardboard.
    • You can use your favorite icing and candies to decorate!

    Day 22: Poppin’ Garland

    Make your very own popcorn garland to decorate with.

    • Find an old bag of unsalted or non-butter popcorn. You can pop the bag and let it sit out for a little bit since it is better to work with stale popcorn.
    • Get some thread or yarn and a small needle.
    • Have 2 bowls - one for the popcorn and one for any pieces you won’t be using.
    • Thread the yarn and needle. Tie the one end so the popcorn doesn’t fall off!
    • Work the needle through one strand at a time. 
    • Once complete, tie off the end and you are good to decorate!


    Day 23: Movie Night

    Get out the popcorn, blankets, and watch your favorite Christmas movie!

      Day 24: Say Cheese

      Use the list to complete the picture scavenger hunt. 

      Picture scavenger hunt:

        • View from your window
        • A fun outdoor activity
        • A family tradition
        • Most memorable gift you received in the past
        • Your best Christmas memory
        • Song or album you play every Christmas
        • A sound you love to hear
        • Decorating with friends or family
        • Your favorite Christmas cookie
        • A silly family photo
        • Something that smells like Christmas
        • Your favorite winter clothing
        • Gift you're most excited to give
        • A warm beverage
        • Outdoor Christmas lights
        • Your favorite Christmas book
        • Most cherished ornament
        • Ugliest Christmas sweater or clothing
        • Your favorite Christmas movie or TV special
        • Your favorite spot to relax
        • Food that must be on your table or it's not really Christmas
        • Something beautiful
        • Christmas cards you received this year
        • Something cozy and warm
        • Pajamas on Christmas morning
        • A fun indoor activity
        • A random act of kindness
        • A favorite quote or passage from the Bible
        • A thank you card you've written
        • A silly photo with friends
        • A Top 10 family gratitude list 

      Day 25: Lights, Camera, Action

      • Put on your best show and perform the Nativity story as a family!
      • Here is a simple script to help your family act it out.