Happy Monday!Â I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with family and friends. It was pretty low key over here, but we had a great time gathered around the table.Â Lots to be thankful for this year!
ThisÂ weekend we decorated our home for Christmas and it is super cozy. We also did some DIY projects that I am excited to share with you all. I love me some Christmas lights and all things twinkly! We are so excited to celebrate Christmas this year with RJ, as she is starting to understand what Christmas is all about. I am excited to do an Advent calendar with her and read to her lots of Christmas stories.
I know Christmas can get so overwhelming with shopping, cooking, baking and parties. That’s why we truly try and keep the focus on what the true meaning of Christmas is all about (not to sound corny or anything). It is hard to remember that we are not only loving others and enjoying the spirit of the season, but we are truly celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are so many different traditions out there for celebrating Advent Season, but this year we made an Advent Calendar that we hope to have for many years to come. In case you are wondering what Advent is, here is a great definition:
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word, meaning “coming”.
It’s preparing for Christ’s coming. Well he is not coming December 25th, because he already come. It’s a time to celebrate the coming of his birth.
The calendar that we have created we put fun activities inside each day and random acts of kindness for RJ and us to do together. I want us to share God’s love with others during this season of Advent. I am sure we will change the things we do inside each day every year and we may even throw in a little treat. Â Here is a list of examples that we want to do with her:
- Make Christmas Cards to Give to our Neighbors
- Do Something Kind for Daddy.
- Make an Ornament to give to a friend.
- Load up gently used toyâ€™s to donate.
- Donate canned goods to the local food bank.
- Read the Christmas Story together.
- Bake cookies and deliver to fire/police station.
- Make a winter treat toÂ feed the birds and squirrels.
- Gather all the change in the house, take it to your closest Salvation Army bell ringer.
- Set up Nativity Scene
- Leave bags of quarters on the washers at laundry mat
- Make a Cross ornament to hang in the tree.
- Go to Dollar Tree and pass out 10- $1.00 bills to random children (with parents permission first)
- Read a book Â about Jesusâ€™ Birth
- Make breakfast with mom
- Choose an angel from the angel tree
- Visit a nursing home, pass out carnations andÂ Â â€œMerry Christmasâ€ greetings
- Buy someone coffee behind us at the coffee shop.
- Hold the door for everyone you see
- Visit a living Nativity
- Make a list of Jesusâ€™s names
- Volunteer somewhere
- Rake or shovel a neighbors driveway
- Take Daddy’s co-workers baked cookies
- Put together cocoa packets to pass out
- Attend a Christmas Eve service
This Advent Calendar was super easy to make. I just bought some scrap wood at Home Depot and Hubby cut it to make the tree. I then painted it (well I painted it first before he nailed it together) and then hot glued clothes pins to the wood pieces. I bought the burlap bags at Hobby Lobby in packs of 5 and stenciled red numbers on them with red paint.
I used these measurementsÂ from Shanty Chic to cut the wood with:
It came out beautifully, I just need to add a topper and a stand to the bottom.
Question: Do you have an advent calendar?Â
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