Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Burlap Advent Calendar with our 2012 Advent Activity List

The Christmas Season is for celebrating, making memories, giving, strengthening family relationships and embracing the real meaning of Christmas. Hopefully this List of Advent Activities will help us dig a little bit further into those areas. 

When I created this calendar, I knew that I wanted it to be a few different things: Inexpensive, Simple and I wanted the activities on the calendar to be flexible. The last thing that I wanted is for this to be another thing on my "to-do list" or something that I could stress over. 

I started by sewing 25 little pockets of burlap. Burlap can be bought by the yard for something like $2.99/yard at your local fabric store. It's super versatile and cheap.
Next, with white acrylic paint, I stenciled days 1-25 onto the burlap pockets. Our Advent List will begin on December 1st and the last pocket will be opened on Christmas morning. After the paint dried, I hot glued sparkly white loops of ribbon onto the backs of the pockets. 
This advent calendar could be hung on a wall, pinned onto a decorated cork board or the pockets could even hang on your Christmas tree. For us, our pockets are hanging on this little tree that I found at a garage sale last summer. 

Inside of each pocket is a small piece of paper with an activity on it. Here's the thing that's making this work for us: The papers can be switched around. The last thing I wanted was for this to be a rigid list of things we must do each day so, when I filled the pockets, I did my best at guessing what we'd be doing each day but here's the kicker......I'm the Mom and I have the master list of the activities. If one day I feel like the kids should watch a special Christmas movie, I'll put that piece of paper in the pocket for that day. If another day, I feel like a Christmas Craft sounds fun, that'll be the paper for that day. It's all about being flexible, making memories, and having fun. 

Here's the list of our activities:
So, what about you? What are some of the things that your family enjoys doing during the month of December? What are you looking forward to the most?
Angela

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4 comments:

  1. Love your Christmas list. Sounds wonderful!

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  2. Love the Advent Calendar, Angela! Very cute! A friend made us one last year and I totally know what you mean about being flexible with the activities. There were quite a few times I quickly switch things around before the girls opened it for the day! I'm sure I'll do the same this year!

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  3. I love this idea and decided to make one for our family. It turned out a little different from yours, but I'm so happy with it! I'd be happy to send you a photo or two. :)

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  4. Those are great activities to do! I'm hoping to one day to do an activity Advent Calendar with our baby

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