Advent calendar

Christmas is in the air.

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
  • scissors
  • craft glue
  • a small gift box
  • decoration – I used Mistletoe

Step 1: Print out music sheets in miniature size and cut out

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.



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