Advent starts tomorrow and I have got you covered with three quick and simple Advent calendars for you to make. As a child, the Advent calendar was the highlight of my mornings preceding Christmas. Starting on 1st December, I would awaken in great anticipation for the clues my mother would leave around the house, and the searching for some small gift which was usually a trinket or something educational. I was more interested in the novelty of the calendar, rather than the gift. As my brother and I are now older, it has been several years since we have had an Advent calendar in our house, so I thought it was time to bring back the tradition. As we do nothing half-heartedly in my family, I have decided to have three Advent calendars this year.
HANGING STAR ADVENT CALENDAR
ADVENT CALENDAR IN A JAR
This is a super-simple, but very effective Advent calendar. Firstly, you need to decorate a jar, and then let your imagination run wild. Cut 24 strips of paper and write activities to do each day e.g. make a plum pudding, write Christmas cards etc. Alternatively, you can write acts of kindness that need to be performed e.g. bake a cake for a neighbour, ring an elderly relative you have not talked to in awhile etc. or you can even write bible verses or uplifting quotes which need to be read. Each day a strip of paper is pulled out to count down the days until Christmas. To make it more festive, I glued a small pompom onto each strip.
COUNT-DOWN BAUBLE ADVENT CALENDER
Using numbered baubles, hang a new bauble onto the Christmas tree every day from December 1 to December 24. You can buy baubles which can be opened and filled with small gifts, or you can use regular baubles with no gift inside.