I was totally going to share our advent calendar with you yesterday, but as soon as I got it together it was already getting too dark for photos. So, in case you don’t have an advent calendar up, here’s a really simple one. We’ve been using these kraft paper envelopes most of our marriage. I never planned on using them more than one year and I always thought I’d make something different. But, these guys are still going strong, so we hung them up for another year. Just don’t look too close, you may notice that we’re missing a number.
If you’re late to the game and bummed you didn’t put together an advent calendar, I’d encourage you to do it. Better late than never is pretty much my motto in life. Hence why I’m posting this idea on December 2.
We’ve really enjoyed celebrating advent in our own way each year and now we’re excited to add some things for Ruby this year. I’ll share below what we put in the envelopes.
While we use the same kraft envelopes every year, the way we present them often changes. A couple years we just taped them to the wall with washi tape, you can see that the tape still remains on a few envelopes.
This year I decided to hang them up on some jute twine, because we had some extra clothespins.
On each envelope write number 1-24 on with white marker.
Fill each envelope with fun activities to do,
scripture reading, or encouragement.
Hang up twine and attach envelopes with clothespins.
Save all the materials to use next year as well!
Here’s what’s in our envelopes:
In the past we’ve typically have done a combination of Christmas activities and scripture readings. There are many ways to do this, but figure out what works best for your family. We wrote out small activities that we could do without much notice on paper, as well as some bigger ones to plan for certain days. I would stuff the bigger activities in the days when we were planning on doing them, like going to see Christmas lights, a play, or see Santa. The rest of them, like drink hot chocolate, listen to Christmas music, read a certain scripture, and play a game, all went in randomly to be a fun surprise.
The goal of this calendar for our family is to have fun and to prepare our hearts for the advent season, to make it alive and suspenseful.
I never want the activities to be a burden, so we try to pick ones that can be done with ease and we’re allowed to switch them up if we want to. I’m no rule follower, so in the past we have just picked a different day if we wanted, or just not do the activity.
This year I wanted to add some fun things for Ruby, that we’d be able to do with her. I found this awesome free printable of scripture readings that go along with The Jesus Storybook Bible. We already read to Ruby every night and often from her bible, so this is not much extra at all. I love that these printable advent cards just so happened to fit perfectly in our envelopes!
Our advent calendar is now something we look forward to every day in December. We also picked up one of those chocolate one at Trader Joe’s and that’s pretty cool too. Although Ruby gets the little chocolate. We totally should have gotten a couple.
Do you have an advent calendar in your home?
Let me know if you have an questions and let me know if you decide to do one like this, i’d love to see! You really can’t go wrong!