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Service Christmas Advent Calendar

Service Advent CalendarPrint out service list and cut into strips. Place strips in a bag. Each day take turns choosing a service from the bag. Either the entire family can join in the service or just the person who chose the item.

Alternately, you could make up enough different strips for each person to have a different one each day!

Service List

  • Bake cookies and take them to a neighbor.
  • Read a story to a younger brother or sister.
  • Shovel a neighbor’s walk.
  • Help set the table for dinner.
  • Make breakfast for a family member.
  • Help fold the laundry.
  • Pick up your toys and things without being asked.
  • Hug someone in your family.
  • Help a younger brother or sister get ready for bed.
  • Help mom make dinner.
  • Play a game with your sister or brother.
  • Make a treat for the birds.
  • Draw a picture for your grandparents.
  • Polish dad’s shoes.
  • Write a letter of appreciation for your parents.
  • Make someone’s bed.
  • Write a letter to grandparents.
  • Pull your brother or sister on the sled.
  • Help clear the table.
  • Write a note to a sister or brother telling them what you like about them.
  • Make a Christmas card for a soldier or missionary.
  • Read a Christmas story to a brother or sister.
  • Pray for each person in your family.
  • Tell each family member how much you love them.
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  • Margie November 30, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I really love these advent calendars, but this has got to be my favorite. Doing service really helps us focus on what’s important and meaningful. Thank you!

  • Alison Moore Smith December 1, 2010, 12:41 am

    Margie, thanks very much for the kind words. Hope your family enjoys using them! Merry Christmas.

  • Gretchen December 1, 2010, 1:09 am

    This is pretty cute! We don’t have snow or a dad around here, but I think we can change things up enough to make it work. My daughter will LOVE this! Thanks. :o)

  • Steve December 1, 2010, 8:09 am

    I love this, this is cute indeed.

    Alison thank you for this great post, I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas, I hope you have a great time and joy.

  • jon playmobil advent calendar November 6, 2011, 8:17 am

    wow its been almost 12 months since this was posted , christmas comes round so fast . This is what christmas is all about sharing and helping each other out.

  • Shelley November 27, 2012, 9:59 pm

    I just learned about advent calendars and found this site. I love the service ideas. I am not a crafty person so I love the simple suggestion of cutting strips and putting into a bag. I have spent hours searching for a cool way to display the calendar that I was getting discouraged. Since I am running out of time, I think I will keep it simple.

  • Alison Moore Smith November 27, 2012, 11:01 pm

    Shelley, I’m so glad you found them! You’re a woman after my own heart. My husband calls me “the anti-craft.” I don’t like crafts and I couldn’t do them if I did. Glad you found these to be an easy solution!

    Merry Christmas!
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  • Julee December 2, 2013, 8:19 pm

    This is a great list! Thanks so much for sharing!

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