Today was as good a day as any to start with the holiday preparations. At this time of the year the school extra-mural calendar gets ditched and our Advent calendar gets put in place.
(Advent officially starts on Sunday, 2 December 2012 this year…)
This year I made a small & portable version as we are going away on holiday and will need to take our calendar with us.
It took me about 2 hours to make the entire thing from start to finish.
All that is required was:
- a colour printer
- paper punch
- craft glue
- a small gift box
- decoration – I used Mistletoe
You can download similar vintage Christmas music sheets here.
Step 2: Print out date numbers and cut out
You can download the same numbers I used here.
Step 3: Repurpose an old Christmas gift box.
I cut the lid off but left a lip which I then glued down to the inside of the box.
Step 4: Create your Advent activity list. Print and cut to size.
You can copy the activity list I made here.
|THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS:Make an Advent wreath ;||CHARITY DAY:Clean up and sort toys and deliver to charity||CHARITY DAY:Clean up and sort clothing and deliver to charity||PEOPLE AROUND US: Make up gifts for neighbours and deliver|
|PEOPLE AROUND US: Make edible gifts for the birds in our garden||THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS:Read the story of Christmas ;||THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS: Learn a new Christmas carol||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Go to the beach|
|ENJOY THE HOLIDAY:Fly on an airplane||FAMILY IS IMPORTANT: Visit a family member||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY:Decorate the house||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Make a Christmas decoration|
|FAMILY IS IMPORTANT: Phone 1 relative who doesn’t live in our city or country. ;||THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS:Write a Christmas prayer||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Make a Christmas craft||THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS: Do something nice for someone else today|
|ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Watch the switching of the Christmas lights||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Write and post letters to Father Christmas||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Kids puppet show of the Christmas story for mom and dad||THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS: Write a list of things that you’re thankful for this year|
|ENJOY THE HOLIDAY:Open 1 present before bedtime today ;||FAMILY IS IMPORTANT: Write a letter to your grand parents||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Choose your favourite meal for lunchtime||ENJOY THE HOLIDAY: Watch a Christmas movie at home|
Step 5: Assemble the Advent cards.
I punched holes through the dates and music sheets and tied together with gold florists ribbon.
Step 6: Arrange your activity cards into the container.
Bring on the holidays! We’re ready.