12 Days of Christmas Countdown Activities for Kids and Adults

We've got an easy, DIY lineup of Christmas activities that kids and adults will enjoy. While it's fun to pop open a store bought Advent calendar and enjoy a piece of chocolate every day (or one day, if you're like certain people we know), this year more than ever we're on the lookout for fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get us out of the house safely. What better way to stay motivated than by creating a countdown to Christmas? We've made it super simple for you. Let's get going!

When to Start

Many people out there can muster up the energy for an entire month's worth of holiday activities, but that honestly feels really overwhelming to us right now. So we've stuck to the handy number twelve. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas starts on Christmas Day itself. If you'd rather countdown to Christmas, start on December 13th in order to finish up on the 24th. 

Holiday Activity Ideas

We brainstormed lots of fun holiday activities. Many of them are special...

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Make a Professional-grade Holiday Wreath with the Lora Bloom Kit

Winter is coming—but don’t fret! We’ve got the perfect activity to brighten your day and your door. Our very own Rachel Heath partnered with Lora Bloom to teach you how to use their all-inclusive holiday wreath kit. We are so excited to tell you all about this amazing DIY activity.  We are big fans of Lora Bloom, a direct to consumer marketplace that connects local florists and growers to customers, and this wreath is yet another great product from their store.

The Lora Bloom wreath kit includes everything you need to make professional looking decor for your door. It starts with high quality evergreens, including noble fir and juniper, already wired on a sturdy frame. As a florist, Rachel can attest that this is the kind of quality that she would seek out for her own work. Even on their own, these evergreen boughs look fabulous. 

But that’s not the only reason why you’ll want to purchase this kit. Lora Bloom has included a...

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DIY Embellishments for Holiday Wreaths and Garlands

Have you ever purchased an evergreen holiday wreath, hung it on your door, and then wished it was a bit more exciting? Some boughs of greenery can certainly brighten the mood, but you can elevate your wreath or garland game to even higher heights when you add on your own DIY embellishments.  

Recently our very own Rachel partnered with Lora Bloom to teach how to do just that with their beautiful wreath kit. We’ve got more info coming soon about this fun, all-inclusive kit, but to keep it succinct, we highly recommend it. They’ve put together a plethora of embellishments to add to a very high-quality evergreen wreath. You won’t be disappointed with the results.  

Once you’ve used Lora Bloom’s kit, you’ll want to add embellishments to even more of your holiday décor. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve rounded up some inspiration for what you can add to wreaths and garlands to give them a high-end...

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Drying Oranges for Home Decor: Wreaths, Garlands, and More

Don’t you just love the look of dried orange slices? Citrus has long been a favorite addition for holiday home decor, and for good reason. Dried orange wheels can be used in wreaths and garlands, for edible garnishes and toppings, and so much more. Even better, you can roast them yourself! You’ll fill your home with the clean smell of citrus, plus have a tray full of those beauties to use. 

Here’s the best part: it’s super easy to make your own dried oranges, lemons, and limes. Thinly slice up some citrus. Top a baking sheet with a wire rack or foil misted with cooking spray, then add the slices in a single layer. Bake at 200°F until dry, typically 2-3 hours. Depending on your oven and humidity, it might take longer or shorter, so keep an eye on them until you figure out what works. 

Now that you know how to roast your own beautiful oranges, here are some ideas for how to use them for your home decor and more. 

Wreaths 

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Trending! Dried Flower Creations

Do you cringe a little when you think of dried flowers? Can't imagine how dried florals could possibly look modern and trendy? I had similar thoughts for a long time. Let's backup, way up.

When I was little, before even kindergarten, my mom would take me with her about once a month to visit with some of the older widows in our neighborhood. In retrospect, I'm very glad that my mother was able to foster these relationships, and I'm glad that I got to know these women I might not have interacted with much otherwise. But as a kid, sometimes it was tough. Many of you probably have similar experiences from a grandma's house or great-aunt Dottie's: adults talking while you tried to entertain yourself without bumping into tables full of breakables or snagging a doily. 

And, of course, dried flowers.

They seemed to be everywhere, in vases in the living room or little wreaths above the toilet. I only saw dried florals in these older women's homes, and my little...

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