Louisa Claire


Easy Advent ideas for the disorganised mum (who want to make Christmas meaningful for their kids).

last minute advent ideas, advent activities for kids, Every year I find myself filled with good intentions about advent and every year I am scrambling at the last minute. Sound familiar?

Before I became a mum the best advice I got about Christmas with kids is that Christmas morning is too late to be talking about the meaning of it. So I stepped into parenting knowing that it was going to be important that we take time in December to slow down and make Christmas a meaningful experience…. but I didn’t really known how to do that! Over the years I’ve wondered if my kids have been too young to really “get it” but I’ve treated this time as practice so that its a priority and a tradition for us when the kids are old enough to understand more. I really don’t think kids are ever too young to be included in family activities anyway!

So, this post is for all the other well-intentioned by slightly shambolic mums out there, and because its for shambolic mums by a shambolic mum I’m only posting today, the 1st day of Advent!

I don’t recommend doing all of these things {we won’t be} but maybe a couple of them will suit your style. Ive tried to include low prep, low cost, simple activities that you can do in the spur of the moment.

The most important thing to do is forget about Pinterest like perfection and just start with something that reflects the values and traditions that matter to your family.


And never fear, I’m making it super easy for us!

Some of the things I want to install in my children at Christmas are a sense of wonder, a commitment to generosity and knowledge of the Biblical Christmas story. These are themes that come through in this post and can be added to by other values that you might want to pass on to your children.


1. Advent Activities – printable download.

This printable is made up of 8-13 different activities to do with your kids in Dec – simply cut each one up and fold along the dotted lines into a mini-envelope which you can seal with a sticker or just sticky tape and voila! You now have a bunch of mystery Christmas activities to do with your kids throughout the next couple of weeks. (note: there may be some that will only be able to be done on a particular day so just make a little note of that on the outside of the envelope for your reference)

My suggestion is to get a box or paper bag and put the activities in there – you don’t even have to use them all – just do them on the days that you have the time, energy and mental space. You could include some of the other suggestions in this post in the box/bag and incorporate them into this – my kind graphic designer has included a couple of blanks into the template for you to make up your own.

Download for mums with Babies (up to 2yrs)

Download for mums with older kids (written with kids aged 2-6 in mind but will work with kids slightly older and slightly younger than that too).

If you have a baby and older kids then select the older kids download as your bub can just join in with that.


2. Read some Christmas books throughout December.

These books can reflect the way that your family celebrates Christmas and I’d encourage you, even if you are not religious, to include one story that tells your kids about the Christian tradition of Christmas. This is just a way to educate and enlighten them about what different people believe and where Christmas came from.

These are a few of the books I’ve recently bought that focus on the story of Jesus’ birth at Christmas as they are possibly the harder ones to track down.

Song of the Stars by well known Children’s author and illustrator team Sally Lloyd-Jone and Alison Jay. This isn’t the direct Christmas story but rather a Christmas-themed story that is quite beautiful and would be engaging for slightly older children.

Song of the stars, Allison Jay books, Christmas books for kids

The following are books that we’ve got for our children aged 1, 3 and 5.5.

Book Tabs: Baby Jesus (this is particularly a good one for the boys)

Christmas Story for babies


Some other good ones are:

My Very First Christmas Story Sticker Book

Jesus is Born – I Can Read, Beginners Bible

The Shepherds and Me and The Baby Jesus Story books your kids can colour in.

Jesus is God’s Son


3. Start a Family Tradition

If you haven’t yet got a family tradition then now is the time to start one – especially if you are a little more of a free-flowing family who could get caught out if not prepared. Ours is that on the first Sunday in December we invite our family and friends around to help us put up the Christmas tree. We’ve been doing it for 7 years now and I love it. Not only does it mean that our Christmas tree actually gets put up more than a week before Christmas, it’s a great way to get my head into the right place for Christmas. If we weren’t hadn’t been planning to have the party today then I wouldn’t be in the Christmas headspace yet and none of these other things would be happening including me writing this blog post!

Other family traditions I have heard of

– new pyjamas on Christmas Eve

– birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas morning

– Kmart wishing tree

What family traditions do you have that a family could easily do?


4. Easy craft ideas

– Ok folks, just google ‘Christmas colouring in’ or ‘nativity colouring in‘ print and you are done. Simple and the kids will love it. If you want more elaborate craft activities I have to be honest, I am not the person for you!


Are you a last-minute mum like me or have you been super organised for Advent?

Now a favour – if you know a disorganised mum who would find these ideas helpful then please share this post with her. Together we can make Christmas meaningful for our kids, simply.


Thoughts on “Easy Advent ideas for the disorganised mum (who want to make Christmas meaningful for their kids).

  1. I lost our felt reindeer advent calendar, so I have 24 envelopes stuck to the wall. I have a mixture of activities and treats planned for the envelopes.
    We are not a religious family, but my son has Christian friends, so he asks a lot of questions and I answer. Luckily I have some knowledge in that area and I think it’s important for my kids to know about all religions and cultures including the pagan roots of the Xmas tree and how so many cultures have meshed to make a magical time of year than can mean whatever you want it to mean.
    We do the pyjamas on Christmas Eve thing and a new book to read on Christmas Eve too. We also do the kmart wishing tree thing and this year the kids will be choosing the gifts that go under that tree.
    Another tradition is to drive around looking at the Christmas lights. That’s probably my favourite and something we did with my family when I was a child.
    This year we will have my mum and her husband with us, which will be truly special as we don’t live in the same country.

    Merry Christmas Lou.
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  2. This year, my boy is old enough to understand more about Christmas, so whilst I was somewhat organised, our first advent calendar did not get finished till 11.40pm on Nov 30.. Nothing like leaving it till the last minute.
    We started to do Operation Christmas Child where the boy and i went shopping together. We’re also going to put a gingerbread house together in the coming weeks.
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