25 Days of Togetherness in Charleston


Growing up, my family made Christmas really special. Every year, I looked forward to setting up the Christmas village with my mom, stringing lights outdoors with my dad, going to meet Santa with Poppy and Grammy, opening one present on Christmas Eve, and making my mom’s famous family recipe: gooey balls! Now with two little toddlers of my own, creating family traditions is really important to me as well. I want to bring to my family my husband’s and my favorite traditions from growing up and also discover new traditions to grow together.

As a parent, seeing Christmas through my kids’ eyes is extra special.

There’s so much magic in every single experience. And more than anything, I see how much my kids cherish our time together. (Cuteness overload: My three-year-old daughter frequently busts out a Daniel Tiger song that says, “I love to be with family,” and hugs us.) This year I came across the concept of togetherness with an advent calendar, and I am so excited to grow this into a beloved family tradition.


Whether you make your advent calendar or buy one as I did, the idea is the same. You’ll come up with a different family activity for each of the first 24 days of December, leading up to Christmas. From simple, like singing Christmas songs, to fun outings, like watching Christmas tree lightings, you can tailor your calendar to fit your kids’ interests and ages.

Below is the list I am going to use for my family, which includes plenty of local Charleston activities!

25 days of family activities

December 1

December 2

December 3

  • Write a letter to Santa (give it to him tomorrow!)

December 4

Pick one:

December 5

December 6

  • Have a holiday song and dance party by the Christmas tree.

December 7

  • Make hot cocoa and watch The Grinch in matching jammies.

December 8

  • Make paper snowflakes or paper chains to decorate bedrooms.
  • Decorate outside of the house.

December 9

  • Go on a candy cane hunt.

December 10

December 11

Pick one:

December 12

December 13

December 14

  • Decorate Christmas cookies.

December 15

December 16

  • Roast s’mores by a campfire.

December 17

December 18

December 19

December 20

December 21

December 22

  • Build a gingerbread house.

December 23

December 24

However you choose to celebrate the holiday season, my family is wishing you and yours the merriest of times together.

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