Saturday, December 03, 2011

Advent Calendar

This year I decided to make an advent calendar.  I got the Christmas bug a few weeks ago and rummaged through my fabrics until I came up with this.

We embossed cards with the numbers for each day till Christmas, then added two additional cards each day.  One card has an activity, things we like to do anyway, but now the kids can see the plan when they wake up in the morning.  It might be sledding, baking treats, making gifts for their friends or decorating the tree.  For the days we don't really have plans, I added things like cute holiday games I found on the web, watching Christmas movies or cutting paper snowflakes.  The other card has both a scripture and a song.  For our family, we'll probably pull the song up on the internet and play it while we're eating breakfast, and read the scripture afterward.  I found the list online and like it because it's very short and doable for our morning routine.  I posted it below if you're interested.  

Adding an advent calendar to my holiday schedule for some years would feel laughable--I can't possibly squeeze in one more thing.  But this year is just perfect for one to keep us focused and organized, and I'm surprised that it doesn't actually add any extra stress to our schedule.  It also helps that my daughter helped make it, so she's totally on board and gets the boys excited for it, too.

Dec. 1 Isaiah 7:14 Angels We Have Heard On High
Dec. 2 Isaiah 9:6 Away In A Manger
Dec. 3 Micah 5:2 O Little Town of Bethlehem
Dec. 4 Jeremiah 23:5 O Come All Ye Faithful
Dec. 5 Isaiah 40:1-4 Joy to the World
Dec. 6 Jeremiah 33:14-15 The First Noel
Dec. 7 Isaiah 40:11 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Dec. 8 Psalms 24 Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Dec. 9 Jeremiah 23:6 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Dec. 10 Jacob 7:11-12 Far, Far Away On Judea's Plain
Dec. 11 1 Nephi 10:4 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Dec. 12 1 Nephi 13:18 What Child Is This
Dec. 13 1 Nephi 11:20-24 O Holy Night
Dec. 14 1 Nephi 11:27 Who Is The Child
Dec. 15 Helaman 14:3 Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus
Dec. 16 Helaman 14:5-6 I Heard the Bells
Dec. 17 Luke 1:30-31 I Believe in Christ
Dec. 18 3 Nephi 1:13 When Christ Was Born In Bethlehem
Dec. 19 3 Nephi 1:19 Star Bright
Dec. 20 Luke 2:4-7 O Hush Thee My Baby
Dec. 21 Luke 2:8-11 How Great Thou Art
Dec. 22 Luke 2:12-14 We Three Kings of Orient Are
Dec. 23 Matthew 2:1-2 With Wondering Awe
Dec. 24 Mosiah 3:5-8 Silent Night


  1. I really want that in my house. Oh wait...

  2. Me too. Love the teal thread.

  3. I really liked your idea for the advent calender, I've been wanting to do an advent theme for a couple of years, but couldn't decide how. I think you answered my predicament. I also saw a cool article about something similar (maybe Ready Made?), a woman wrapped 25 small gifts (think candy, barrettes, etc) , in different fabric for each gift, and hung them on a long ribbon. It looked very cool, her fabric choices were Scandinavian (reminiscent of Jan Brett), and the long string of them was so festive and sweet. I really liked your theme of scripture included in the calender, and yay that Isabel is on board with you!

  4. Wish I'd gotten started on this December first. Well, I'm only one day late to start on the Twelve Days of Christmas . . .
    This year we left all the ornaments off the tree and everyone can add one after doing a service for someone else. My challenge to the kids has been to do one act of service on the 1st day of Christmas, two on the 2nd, and so on. If my kids are stalwart, I'll run out of ornaments. I can dream.