This month is a special one for many reasons. First and foremost it’s the month in which we celebrate our Savior’s birth! It’s a month full of traditions and celebrations, including my daughter’s first birthday….I can’t even believe how quickly this year has gone by and that I’m going to have a one year old!
I want to savor each and every day this month with my family, soaking up the sounds, smells and tastes of the season! One of my favorite traditions and ways to make this month special is by creating an advent calendar. When I was younger we’d always have one, whether it was one of those cardboard houses with the chocolates behind each window or one made from strips of construction paper to make a chain.
Keeping with tradition, I put together a new advent calendar for this year. I wanted to keep it simple and neutral, and that’s just what I did. It was super easy and I know it’s already December 1st, but it’s not too late to make one yourself! Just take a quick trip to the craft store (don’t forget your coupon!)
Here’s what you will need:
- 24 muslin drawstring bags (found in the wedding craft aisle at Michael’s)
- 1 star Christmas ornament (roughly the same size as the bags)
- 25 mini clear Command hooks/strips
- Stickers numbered 1 through 25 (or stencils or stamps and paint)
- List of activities and small goodies to fill your bags with
- Large chalkboard, canvas or wall to attach your bags to
You may find, like I did, that the muslin bags come in packs of 12. I only needed 25 and wasn’t about to buy a third bag just to use one from it. I decided to use a star Christmas ornament for Day 1 of my advent calendar. You’ll then place stickers 2 through 25 on the muslin bags. Attach command strip hooks to your chalkboard/wall/whatever surface you choose. I decided to arrange mine in the shape of a Christmas tree. My bags came with the strings tied in a knot. I untied them and tied a bow keeping a small loop between the bag and the bow so I could hang from the hooks. Also, this way the bags didn’t hand so low from the hooks. Fill each bag with a fun activity to do that day of December or with a small little candy or gift. For larger items, add a clue for where to find the gift in the little bag. There you have it, and pretty inexpensive too!
Make this your own, keep it simple and work with what you have. If you have a bulletin board, hang the bags with push pins, or run strips of ribbon on your wall or backdrop and attach the bags to the ribbon with small clothespins. You can see the advent calendar I made last year here.
Here are some ideas of activities you could include in your advent calendar:
- Decorate Christmas Tree
- Visit Santa Claus
- Go For a Drive to Look at Christmas Lights
- Decorate a Gingerbread House
- Make Christmas Cookies
- Watch a Christmas Movie – Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc.
- Pack a Shoe Box with Gifts For a Child In Need
- Make Hot Cocoa
- Go Christmas Caroling
- Deliver Candy to a Neighbor
Can’t wait to experience the magic of Christmas through this little one’s eyes! She is excited for our Christmas Advent Calendar.
Wishing you the Merriest Christmas Season!