Nov 30, 2012

How Advent Rolls at my House

I'm going to be honest here, I am sick and my cat ate my Advent Calendar. Honestly, I was going to spend time and remake my Advent Calendar for this post and include amazing and beautiful pictures, but ran out of time (and I really am sick).  I am so excited that it isn't yet December, which means I am NOT behind!!

THIS how Advent rolls 'round these parts:

> I usually forget that Advent is coming until December 2nd or 3rd and then I run to the garage and dig around through the Christmas decorations until I find the Calendar (that I have been re-creating yearly... can't get it the way I want it. My plan this year may finish it though...)

> I quickly stuff each day with leftover Halloween candy and stale mini-candy canes and quickly include the daily activities... randomly and illogically.

> My kids LOVE the Advent Calendar.  They wake up each morning and beg me to get out of the shower so they can open it.  Because I don't always have the time to be rational about which daily activity ends up where, sometimes my kids want to sit down and make Christmas gifts for grandparents before school on a Tuesday... or we are reading the weekly Advent Scripture reading on a Thursday... but this year I am all over it!

> In all seriousness, Advent is a time of preparing for a Holy day.  Even if Jesus wasn't really born on December 25th, we are celebrating his birthday this month and it is a meaningful time to reflect on God's Love for us through the birth of His son.  Christmas is a time where we should slow down, spend more time together as a family and enjoy the blessings that God has given us. Plus, the decorations are pretty, the cookies are delightful and the music is addictive. 

 > This is my Advent calendar. The purpose of an Advent Calendar (I think) is preparation for Christ's birth.  There are daily activities that both prepare us and allow us to slow down and spend time together as a family. 

Look below and you will see the printables (that you can take and use) of the daily activities (print on 1 sheet of cardstock, cut and stuff) as well as the numbers (print on 2 sheets of 2" circle labels).  


 I made my calendar by sewing a felt 26" Christmas Tree on a felt 18" x 44" panel. (That would be 1/2 yard of red felt, 1/2 yard of green felt, and a 12" felt square of brown to cut and add a tree trunk)  I sewed a rod pocket at the top and bottom and added wooden dowels.  The top dowel has a ribbon attached with attractive push pins, which I use to hang it on the wall.

This year I am adding 50 buttons to the tree and sewing little fabric "bags" that can hang on the buttons to replace the metal canisters you see in the picture - which are held on by velcro (because they kept falling off the calendar).

Here are the daily activities (click to see it/print it larger - comment with an email address for a PDF in your inbox):

Here are the Calendar numbers (and some bonus gift labels):


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What do you think?  There are so many different types of Advent calendars and so many ways to celebrate the Season!! Do you have an Advent calendar?  What type is it?  Do you have special traditions that you do each year to prepare for Christmas?

16 comments:

  1. I think Advent Calendars are such a great way to get the kids to focus on what is truly important. I am posting one tomorrow. :)

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  2. I love this idea for an Advent calendar! So many nice things to do together that will bring joy to everyone involved. The advent calendars over here are only commercial. I only had them when I was a child.
    Actually, I'm so glad to see someone not-Scandinavian who celebrates Advent in some way and even mentions it. It seems we're alone to do that over here, but I absolutely love Advent, it's when I start decorating, preparing, and slowing down a bit (hopefully). Since I have to work on Christmas quite often, Advent is more important to me than Christmas is.

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  3. Thanks so much for joining our Bloggers for Christmas linky party!
    Happy Christmastime!

    http://lifeoflt.blogspot.com

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  4. This is so much better than the traditional chocolate. I love it!

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  5. I do put candy or other small trinkets in most days... but the activity is the focus. :) Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for the visit and the Linky... I love those things. ;)

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  7. I've seen so many different, do it yourself type of Advent calendars, I think you have dozens of possibilities (tiny paper bags clothes-pinned to a decorated string hanging on a hallway wall?) Hope you get to do it this year! Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  8. Heading over to see what yours looks like!

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  9. Thank you so much for the printables and for such a beautiful idea and design!!!!

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  10. I would love a pdf of the cards and calendar numbers. Thanks! alanabrooke4@aol.com

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  11. I would love a PDF of the Advent ideas to use this Christmas. Thank you!

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  12. Could I please have a PDF of the Advent Ideas in my in box? Thank you!!

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  13. Of course!! I have it here, just need an email address!

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  14. Sorry I never got back to you!! I need your email address!!

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  15. teri_belton@yahoo.com - A bit behind the 8 ball...but figure a couple of weeks worth is better than nothing for my three sweet little ones! :) Thank you!

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