My parents love the beach, especially the beach when it isn’t summer. Sure it seems counterintuitive to go to the beach when it isn’t summer vacation, but many of our fall and winter holidays have been spent with toes in the sand.
As a Navy family, our duty stations have frequently placed us in areas of sunshine and sand at Christmas rather than those of snow. There is something about wearing shorts and flip-flops that makes getting in to the holiday spirit a bit challenging, but never fear, you can have Christmas cheer while you get your winter tan using this warm winter advent activities checklist.
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- Make sand angels.
- Play miniature golf wearing Christmas hats.
- Take a walk (or ride) after dark in a neighborhood with great Christmas lights.
- Make a snowman ice cream sundae. (Visit Clean & Scentsible for inspiration and directions)
- Blow red and green bubbles outside. (There are many DIY colored bubble recipes, but the one we’ve tested and enjoyed is from Mama Plus One)
- Spread out blankets in the yard and do some star-gazing. Try to find the North Star!
- Go for a stroll with Santa hats and squirt guns.
- Roast marshmallows over an outdoor bonfire.
- Use shaving cream to have a snow battle in the yard.
- Collect shells to make a festive Christmas ornament for your Christmas tree. (We collected small shells and placed them inside our fillable ball ornaments with a tiny bit of sand and a dash of glitter. Simply glue the top on and use a piece of ribbon to hang them for an easy holiday ornament.)
- Have a red and green themed BBQ. (Get your grill master a festive Christmas BBQ shirt!)
- Decorate a yard flamingo in festive Christmas paint. (We ordered small flamingos to decorate from Oriental Trading)
- Create Santa’s beach cottage using graham crackers, icing, and candy.
- Go for a “moon walk” in your jammies and flip-flops.
- Attend a local holiday parade or lighted boat parade.
- Take a family bike ride (or wagon ride) with Santa hats on.
- Build a “Santa’s workshop” sand castle
- Use shaving cream to make Santa beards and then run through the sprinklers.
- Make candy cane peppermint milkshakes. Looking for a great recipe? Try this one by Laura Fuentes.)
- Stay up past bedtime and go swimming after dark.
- Bake Christmas cookies. While they cook, throw a ball in the yard with your family.
- Help the reindeer know where to go by decorating your driveway with sidewalk chalk.
- Drive through a lighted Christmas display with your windows down and singing joyfully.
- Read your favorite Christmas story under the stars on Christmas Eve.
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