Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Favorite Things #3

H&N's favorite holiday is Christmas! From decorating the tree to opening gifts. But most of all our tradition of having everyone sleep over our house (Uncle M, Aunt E, Grandma & Grandpa).

Now that H&N are a little older I want them to understand the true meaning of Christmas. The other day I asked H why we celebrate Christmas and she replies, "Because it's Jesus' birthday!" I decided to make our version of an Advent calendar / countdown to Christmas by combining 2 of their favorites things .... Christmas and crafts.

Reason for the Season: DIY calendar
Each day I have a Bible verse which relates to a craft/ornament the kids can make.
(Ex: December 4, Matthew 1:20, Make an angel ornament)

Small bags or lunch bags
Bible verse (Click HERE for download)
Tags (Click HERE for download)
Various wooden ornaments or objects (can be found at your local craft store)

Print verses and tags and trim. 
Glue tags on bag. 
Assemble and place bags under tree or display on a fireplace mantle. 
They get so excited each day to see what will be in the bag. By the time Christmas arrives they will have a beautifully decorated tree and be able to tell others what Christmas is all about!

Do you use an Advent calendar? Or have a fun way to countdown to Christmas?


  1. This is really cute. If Baby C was one year older, I would do this with her. This is the first year she's getting excited about Christmas, but doesn't really know what's going on.

    1. Maybe you can try this with Baby C next year :) This is first year when the kids are starting to understand more about Christmas, especially H she's really into it this year!

  2. Love this! You are so organized! We are doing something similar, but I am just winging it as I go along. We won't get to make an ornament every day, but hopefully our kids' tree won't be too bare by the time Christmas comes.

    1. Thanks sugarlens! :) I saw the cute ornaments your kids made for their tree so far. I know you have many great ideas up your sleeve!

  3. What a great idea to teach them the meaning of Christmas but also to decorate your tree!! We don't do the countdown/advent...Maybe next year!

    1. Thanks Lisa! H never forgets to check the tree everyday haha. Definitely something fun to do as the kids get older :)