Advent Awesome!

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posted on November 23, 2010 by  |  posted under Boys, Christmas, Crafting, Fun With Kids, Gift Giving, Girls

advent awesome

Have I ever mentioned how I LOVE advent calendars!  Why?  Maybe because of all the great memories it brings back from my childhood.  My mom always bought me and my siblings our own cardboard chocolate advent calendar.  OH! The anticipation I felt each morning to be able to open and reveal the next little bite of sweetness!  The chocolate was good, but the anticipation is what sealed the memory.  SO FUN!!  It was interesting to learn a bit more about the history behind advent calendars, here.  I have added to my advent calendar line up over the years and I needed a place to organize all the different things I want to do each day leading up to Christmas.  Here is what I came up with…

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I will fill each envelope with:

1. A little piece of candy for each child…most likely chocolate.:)

2. A simple, fun activity to do together as a family. (Click here for some great ideas!)

3. A scripture passage that will lead us on a journey to learn more about Jesus – after all, it is His birthday we are celebrating!  We will add one star ornament each day as we read this passage.

What you will need:

I had this peg board just begging for some color. advent awesome

Some envelopes.

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Countdown numbers.  I found these, here.  I love ishare!

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Some clips to hold and hang the envelopes.

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Ornaments.

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I just printed the printables, punched them out with my scallop 3 1/2 inch punch, clipped the number with the envelope and hung it on my spray painted peg board.  So EASY and SO festive!  The anticipation.  My kids can’t wait…success!

It’s not too late to get your advent calendar going!  advent awesome

advent awesome

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COMMENTS
  1. November 23rd, 2010 at 7:25 am
    Alison says:
    What a cute idea! Might have to give this a try :)
  2. November 23rd, 2010 at 8:10 am
    Alison says:
    I love this Missy! So simple and so festive! Cute pics too.
  3. November 23rd, 2010 at 8:44 am
    Shelley says:
    Love the blue pegboard! So so cute Missy!
  4. November 23rd, 2010 at 9:03 am
    Julie says:
    Cute! My girl and I spent Sunday morning making a cone tree forest advent calendar out of paper. It turned out cute, but I realized it's kind of fragile to store so it looks like it will be a one year gig. I think next year I'll do a felt stocking garland advent calendar!
  5. November 23rd, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Nesleirbag says:
    I don't know if we ever grow up, really. When you're lying in bed each morning in a sleepy haze, don't you just love something that pops you out of bed? I LOVE how darling your Advent Calendar turned out, and I can see why your kids are excited! And all of those meaningful scriptures the kids will discover each day - priceless!
  6. November 23rd, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    beth proudfoot says:
    I LOVE this! The pegboard, envelopes and clips are so clever and those stars add the perfect finishing touch!
  7. November 23rd, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Heather - Chickabug says:
    LOVE this project!! The star ornaments are perfect. And I'm SO not surprised that even your clips are extra-adorable... I swear. ; )
  8. November 23rd, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    Mindy says:
    Hey didn't I organize those clips for you recently. :) LOVE this idea! I too remember the chocolate advents mom used to get us. I LoVed those things. I totally want to make this. I love the added stuff with the scavenger hunt for a Christmas book & a scripture. So clever and fun.
  9. November 23rd, 2010 at 4:38 pm
    Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff says:
    Really cute!
    Love the colors, too!
  10. November 23rd, 2010 at 8:07 pm
    Michelle says:
    I totally had the chocolate Advent calendars growing up and now purchase them for my kids! They are always excited about opening each little door each morning...just like I was "a few" years ago!
  11. November 24th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    Emilie Daly says:
    I collect Christmas advent calendars. I think this year my 4 children each get to do two every day.

    Overboard?

    Perhaps. But I love the memories they make!
  12. November 29th, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    Michael says:
    Do you have a schedule of the verses that you picked over the 25 days?

    Michael
  13. November 29th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    Amanda M. says:
    I put a link back to this project today on my blog! Thanks for great inspiration!!!!

    Amanda

    frillsandfrolic.blogspot.com
  14. November 29th, 2010 at 11:09 pm
    RoweJones says:
    Thanks to the Advent link, I learned something new today. Thans for sharing!
  15. November 30th, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Betty Bake says:
    thanks for sharing this Missy - I am busy make my advent calender right now :)
    I love the sparkly stars - what a great idea - I think I will add something like that to our advent calender

    happy tuesday
    Betty Bake
  16. November 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am
    Melanie Lenhart says:
    I would also LOVE and appreciate a list of scriptures you used. My daughter will adore that we get to make this together then to use it every day until Christmas will be priceless! Thanks so much, Missy!
  17. December 1st, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Amy @ Living Locurto says:
    This is adorable! I just did something similar with paper. I love the backdrop board on yours:-)
  18. December 5th, 2010 at 4:14 am
    Carli says:
    I though I'd left it too late to whip up an advent calendar for my kiddies until I saw this post and we're now on day 5 of our calendar (we're in Australia so perhaps a little bit ahead of you :)!! so pleased with it and every envelope has either a portion of the Christmas story - which the kids will illustrate and we'll make into a simple book; instructions for a craft activity or family activity; or a treat so every day is something different - and we're also making our own nativity scene leading up to Christmas. Thanks so much for this post

    Carli
  19. December 5th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    Nicole says:
    Missy I love it. Not sure how I missed this the other day. You should have told me last night when asking you about it. Look at my website I did a whole post about it. I am sure you're creating great memories for you kids too. thanks for sharing!
  20. November 26th, 2011 at 9:36 pm
    Caitlin says:
    So cute! I live in a catholic volunteer house and have just decided that we NEED a homemade advent calendar in our home!
  21. November 26th, 2011 at 11:48 pm
    Cassie says:
    I LOVE advent calendars also!! This one is super cute!!
  22. November 27th, 2011 at 7:42 pm
    Amanda says:
    Super cute. We did the advent forest too and love that. I heart advent ideas :)
  23. November 27th, 2011 at 11:51 pm
    Karen says:
    I feel the same way about advents, but for the opposite reason-we didn't do this when I was a child so I want to give this experience to my kids!
  24. November 28th, 2011 at 11:35 am
    wren says:
    im in the process of constructing my very first advent calendar for my kids this year, ages 5 & 6. So excited about it and this gave me even more great ideas. thanks!
  25. November 28th, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    LinhC says:
    I love all the different and great Advent calendar ideas!
  26. November 28th, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    Suzanne says:
    Cute! We are doing advent but don't have an actual calendar. I love this idea, though, and want to implement a calendar to keep track.
  27. November 28th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Megan Hart says:
    I have been on the hunt for a great advent calendar...now this one is on my list to make! Thanks for the adorable idea...s...! Seriously your site is a wealth of adorableness!
  28. November 28th, 2011 at 7:02 pm
    Renee LaBarbera says:
    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them!
  29. November 28th, 2011 at 7:51 pm
    Haley says:
    I love this!!
  30. November 28th, 2011 at 9:17 pm
    Michelle says:
    I love this! I have been looking for a new advent idea. I might have to do this, seems quick and easy.
  31. November 29th, 2011 at 9:27 am
    Dana D. says:
    Wow, very creative. I'll have to give this a try.
  32. November 29th, 2011 at 5:57 pm
    Natalie Johnson says:
    I am loving this... so simple to do yet SO VERY CUTE!
  33. November 30th, 2011 at 5:07 pm
    Amyscats says:
    Great idea, Missy. I live alone, but could certainly use this as a way to go through my holiday to-do list, enjoy a little chocolate every day, and I'm especially inspired about the use of scriptures. What a lovely way to learn new and remember familiar scriptures!!
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