Merry Advent Calendar

Zainab Rentia, Staff Writer-Co news editor

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to dust off your ornaments and festive sweaters you pretended to love to make Grandma happy, and get in the holiday spirit with these fun activities to count down the 25 days to Christmas.


  1. Go Christmas Shopping!

Get your shopping done early this year and avoid the shortages!

Check out the Cavalcade’s guide to Christmas shopping here


  1. Create your own ornaments

This year, ditch the store-bought options and create meaningful ornaments with your family! They may not look the best, but you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.

Click here to see a compilation of instructions for creative DIY decorations!


  1. Decorate your Christmas tree

Once you’ve chosen the perfect tree, go ahead and decorate it with your handmade ornaments, the classic popcorn garland, and colorful lights.

  1. Have a holiday movie marathon

If we’ve learned one thing from the pandemic, it’s how to sit on the couch and watch movies for hours. The classic movies Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

For more options, click here to find your favorite Christmas movies.


  1. Have some hot chocolate

Although it’s certainly been cold enough to enjoy for the past month, settle down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and top it off with marshmallows.

Process of baking cookies-Photo by Zainab Rentia


  1. Put up Christmas decorations 

Make your house the one to beat around the block with inflatable reindeers and crooked lights that are sure to make your neighbors jealous. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?


  1. Send out Christmas cards to friends and family

Take awkward pictures of you and your family and write the same two-sentence notes to all your loved ones! 


  1. Make a Christmas playlist

Let yourself be inspired by Mariah Carey belting out “All I want for Christmas is you!” and create a playlist filled with other classic Christmas songs.

Click here for inspiration.


  1. Make holiday-scented candles

Instead of wasting money on expensive Yosemite candles, buy a kit online and mix with the different scents to create the perfect Christmas candle.


  1. Have a s’mores night

Indulge yourself with this gooey treat while sitting in front of the fireplace. 


  1. Go ice skating

Ice skating is a fun activity that, athletic or not, you and your friends can enjoy! Visit the local Fairfax Ice Arena to make long-lasting, but possibly embarrassing, memories.

  1. Bake Christmas cookies

What says the holidays more than the smell of freshly baked cookies? Bake them from scratch, and then decorate with colorful frosting.

Click here to see a list of recipes for a variety of Christmas cookies.

  1. Volunteer

Don’t forget to help out those less fortunate than you this season. Spend some time working at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter, and spread the joy to others! Click here for The Cavalcade’s guide to holiday volunteering opportunities.

  1. Drive to see Christmas lights/decorations around town

Go on a mini road trip around your neighborhood and take a look at the decorations and lights displayed.

  1. Decorate your own ugly sweater

Create the most tacky, gaudy, and embellished sweater at little to no cost. Be sure to show it off at a party and bring a smile to people’s faces.


  1. Have another holiday movie marathon

As Christmas looms on the horizon, have a second movie marathon. This time, watch movies such as Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life.


  1. Decorate a gingerbread house

Whether you bake it yourself, or buy it from a kit, decorating a gingerbread house is an activity everyone can enjoy. Just buy cheap candy from 7-Eleven to adorn the house with, and follow your imagination!


  1. Make your own stocking

Create a personalized stocking and maximize its size to create more space for candies and other small gifts.


  1. Bake gingerbread people

Similar to gingerbread houses, you can be as creative as you want when decorating these tasty treats!

Click here for a recipe.


  1. Go Christmas caroling 

Sing your way down the neighborhood and spread the Christmas cheer to others!


  1. Host a Secret Santa with friends

While your parents may force you to only spend Christmas with family, take matters into your own hands by hosting a Secret Santa night and inviting all your friends to participate.


  1. Attend a holiday party

RSVP to a festive party and dance the night away!

  1. Wrap your presents

Choose some fun wrapping paper and top it off with a neat bow to add to your holiday decor.


  1. Open a gift early

Indulge your curiosity by opening one gift on Christmas Eve!


  1. Have a merry Christmas!