Homemade Advent Calendar and Holiday Activity List

December 6, 2017

The past couple years, with young children, a husband in school, and a busy work schedule, I felt the holiday season slip through my fingers. I was disappointed that I wasn’t making the most of Christmastime with my children–we weren’t starting traditions or making memories other than on Christmas morning. This year, I was determined to make the most of Advent, so I made a homemade Advent calendar.

Homemade Advent Calendar

Each day from December 1st to 25h, there is one envelope to open. I used this set of Advent/Christmas Countdown Tags from Simple as That blog. Sure, I could have made them myself, but Rebecca over at Simple as That had already created a lovely free set that I printed out at work.

I decorated each envelope individually using wrapping paper, washi tape, pom poms, ribbons, and other trimmings (the One Spot at Target was a great place to find some of these decorative pieces.)

The envelopes each contain:

Advent Table Cards from Kids Read Truth
Pop-Out Nativity from Petit Collage

 

As you can see, the gifts and envelopes have taken up our vintage bar cart in the living room. I love the building anticipation that Advent brings, and the way it teaches my kids the value of delayed gratification.

North Texas Holiday Activity List

The activity cards are age appropriate for my kids and designed to be fun and low cost. There are lots of “Christmas bucket lists” on Pinterest, adapt them to make sense for your family and budget! Some days, the activity card includes an additional gift to open and it often corresponds with the activity card, like classic Christmas books that could be re-wrapped year after year (I bought all of mine from second-and sellers on Amazon), Christmas PJs, or holiday decor for my home.


So what’s on your holiday bucket list? How do you celebrate and anticipate Christmas coming through Advent? What traditions are long-standing (or new!) in your family?

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By Kellie

Kellie is a redeemed woman pursuing vulnerability, color, and hygge. She loves to write, take photographs, play, and learn. She's a marketing specialist by day, a blogger at night... and a mom all the time. Kellie lives in Denton, Texas with her husband, Clay, and their young daughters.

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