One of my favorite traditions growing up was having some sort of countdown until Christmas. One year we had a peppermint candy wreath where we could all cut off one of the candies each day. It was a fun and yummy countdown. One year we had a felt Santa and his beard had little pockets in it. Each one had a piece of candy in it or a scripture, or a Christmas task to do that day.
I’m excited to continue on the advent calendar tradition with my kids, and I’m dying over the one I made for this year.
I used the new Holiday Collection from ReCollections that’s available now at Michaels in the paper crafting section. They have kits, basics, embellishments and more available! They are kinda making this whole holiday crafting simple enough for anyone to do!!
I picked the fabulous chevron favor bags to use for the advent calendar because they are the perfect size to fill with a few candies, a paper saying, christmas task, or a small toy. I layered the embellishments on the bag in a “the less rhyme or reason the better” manner. It was fun to use all of the different embellishments in different ways. All of the pieces on top of the paper bags came in the same package; ornaments, tags, reindeer, trees and more. The natural and sophisticated colors and feel of these make them all the more fun.
Once the bags were all embellished, I attached each one onto jute I had strung across the inside of our front door. I hung them using mini clothespins. And instead of doing candy or a treat in each of the bags, I decided to do a holiday task for each day. My kids are going to pick one of the bags each morning (giving me time to plan for that night’s activity) and then when Dad gets home from work each night we will complete the task.
Of course I couldn’t leave you without a free printable for the tasks.
- Make & Decorate Holiday Cookies
- Take a treat to a neighbor
- Sing Christmas Carols
- Drive around & see Christmas lights
- Read the Christmas story
- Call family that lives far away
- Make gingerbread houses
- Watch a Christmas movie (x2)
- Cut out Christmas snowflakes
- Write Christmas cards
- Read Christmas books
What is your favorite family Christmas tradition?
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