Yesterday marked the beginning of the 25-day countdown to Christmas. Yay! After collecting advent calendar ideas >> here, I chose this >> simple tutorial (#15 from my round-up).
The adorable paper came in a Christmas pack from Hobby Lobby, made cheaper with a 40% off coupon (thank you, stranger in line behind us). I already had a roll of hemp twine and a package of clothes pins, and even a few holes in the wall from birthday banners past.
Advent Calendar Details
Brylee is still learning where Jesus and Santa fit into the Christmas story, and why we do various traditions. I wanted our Advent Calendar this year to intentionally help us focus on the nativity story, as well as encourage us to spend a little time each day celebrating the season together.
This includes 3 parts...
1 | StoriesEach day we'll read the nativity story from a variety of books we have. This will be a lot of repetition, which works perfect for our kids (2 and 5). As they get older, I imagine we'll expound on the story to include more before Jesus' birth (i.e., the fall of mankind), more after His birth (His resurrection) and why He needed to be born.
2 | ActivitiesEach day has an activity we'll do to celebrate the season together. This includes eating seasonal treats, viewing lights, watching our favorite Christmas movies, attending local Christmas events, and donating food, socks or toys.
3 | SongsWe will sing a Christian Christmas song as part of our family worship and when the kids go to bed. We'll do one for a couple days so they can learn it a little better.
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