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This year I decided to make our very first advent calendar. My family didn’t have/do advent calendars when I was growing up. I have faint memories of my Grandma buying me one of those advent calendars that you can buy at Walmart where you get to punch out a chocolate each day late in December when it was on sale. I remember thinking that was great because then I could eat all the chocolates up to the current date. Anyway, I don’t think that really counts.
This year I saw that Silhouette was selling this advent calendar for $40.
I figured I could make something similar myself for less than $40, and I did. I actually didn’t have to buy anything for this project, I had it all on hand (I love it when that happens).
My Grandma had an auction awhile back and my Mom snagged these beauties:
I ended up peeling off the cardboard photos, spray painting the frames, added some baker’s twine string secured by some gold thumbtacks, stenciled numbers onto some tags, attached them to the string via a paperclip and used another tag behind with the activity for each day and voila:
It’s not perfect, but I love it. And since I didn’t have to buy anything to make it I love it even more.
I looked on the internet for some ideas of what we could do each day and I’ve included our list below (whether or not we actually do them all or do them on the right day remains to be seen). Most of them are for the three of us to do together, we know some of our family get-togethers that are happening before Christmas so I threw them in there since those will probably take up most of our day:
- put up the Christmas tree
- make gifts for the grandparents
- make snowflakes
- wrap gifts
- make caramel popcorn
- unwrap a new book to read
- buy a nutcracker and stockings
- have dinner by candlelight
- take a drive to see Christmas lights
- make homemade ornaments
- hang stockings
- watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- decorate sugar cookies
- make a gingerbread house
- make a popcorn string
- visit familiy
- youth leader Christmas party
- make peppernuts
- make a snow globe
- take treats to neighbors
- Hamm Christmas
- go sledding
- Wiebe Christmas
- read the story of the Birth of Christ
Do you have an advent calendar tradition? I would love to hear it!