Break out the glitter.
Roll out the Dough.
Dust off the piano.
“For unto us a Child is Born!”I started making Advent Calendars with my kids years ago. Every year I look for new and inspired ways to countdown the days until Christmas. Here are a few classics.
Easy Paper Christmas Countdown Chains.
I make paper chains with my boys every year.
I don’t care if they are mostly teenagers now. The Chains make me happy.
We usually write the names of people in our lives on each link and hang the chain for decoration. Each day as we remove a link, we pray blessing over the person whose name is on the link. I stumbled upon another great chain today. Spell Out Loud has a terrific printable packet that gives you a theme for each day along with a coordinating scripture to read together. I just printed mine.
Do this now, so you have all 25 days to enjoy!
Kirsty Wiseman makes these cute clothes pin advent countdown calendars. I think this would be fun to hang on the kids door:).
Advent ornaments are another fun way to countdown.
Cheri at I am a Momma Hear me Roar had a wonderful post about having a special box of advent ornaments, each with one of the Names of Jesus. I cannot wait to make a box for my own family. I love that she even has a “guess which ornament is most likely to be remade next year!” Too fun.
Make an Advent Abacus
Isn’t this one Cute? It was originally from Garnet Hill, but I cannot seem to find a link to it. Instead, I think it would be a fun craft for an older child to make for younger children!
“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
The Craft Patch put together “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which incorporates a present, a story, and candy. I love how this collection was put together to send to a far away family member! This one could either be made for your kids, or made by your kids and gifted to someone special!
25 Random Acts of Kindness
You simply have to visit Tracie’s post about this one… What a fun idea! I cannot wait to share this one with my husband and kids!
Do you have a favorite advent tradition?