Two years ago, I was inspired by another mom at our homeschool co-op to plan some activities for the nights leading up to Christmas. It has turned out to be a wonderful way to focus on the true source of our Christmas joy: Jesus. And it makes my Mommy heart glad that the kids enjoy it so much. My younger daughter, especially, asks throughout the day what we are doing for Advent that night. Here’s what we do:
- Read an Old Testament prophecy about Jesus, a New Testament passage about His birth, or other Scripture about Jesus
- Sing a Christmas carol, or contemporary song like “Mary Did You Know?”
- Make a craft (e.g., paper angels) and/or have a treat like warm cider
The first year we celebrated Advent, I wrote the activities on slips of paper and the kids took turns pulling the slips out of a calendar I had made out of cardboard and wrapping paper. Last year, I cut up file folders to make the activity slips, as well as little pockets to hold them.
As I said, the kids enjoy Advent and I’m pretty sure that they don’t care what the calendar itself looks like. But this year I wanted something a little cuter :). So this week (after Advent had already started), I spent an inordinate amount of time cutting, folding, and taping red and green cardstock into tiny envelopes for another new calendar.
I wrote the activities on 2.5 x 3.5″ pieces of white cardstock.
The way I’ve justified the time spent is by telling myself that we will use this one for at least another year. I can just make new cards as we outgrow activities and think of new ones. I hope that my kids will enjoy this time together for years to come.
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