How to Make a Christmas Advent Calendar

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Last year I totally ran out of time to make my advent calendar. So I was happy to have had all of my supplies and made them in time for this Christmas season.

I’m so happy that I will able to use them year after year and I wanted to share with you how I made them so you can make one or get inspired to make one too!!

The first one I made is a scripture advent calendar count down to Christmas. It was simple and fun to make.

 

Supply list:

Rope King ST-300 Sisal Twine 300 feet

BAZIC Mini, Natural Clothespins, Wood, 50 Per Pack

Regency Baker’s Twine Cone red and white

White Card Stock

Gift Tag (I scored some that had the numbers and a slot to put the scripture card in.)

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Here are the daily scriptures that were used for each day.

  1. Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Jeremiah 33:14-15
  2. Luke 1:5-25, Micah 5:2
  3. Luke 1:26-38, Isaiah 40:1-4
  4. Luke 1:39-56
  5. Luke 1:57-80
  6. Matthew 1:18-24
  7. Luke 2:1-5, John 1:1-3, John 8:12
  8. Luke 2:6-7
  9. Luke 2:8-20
  10. Luke 2:17
  11. Luke 2:21-38, Luke 1:31-32
  12. Matthew 2:1-12
  13. Matthew 2:11a
  14. Matthew 2:11b
  15. Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 2:39-40
  16. 1John 4:9, John 3:16
  17. John 17:17b
  18. John 3:16
  19. Acts 9:20b
  20. Ephesians 5:2
  21. Luke 2:20
  22. John 14:6
  23. Psalm 118:29
  24. John 1:14
  25. Read the Christmas Story in Matthew and Luke.
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Then I hung it up on our chalk board in our Family living/dining room.
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The second one I made is a count down that has a daily activity to do as a family. I used a lot of similar supplies as the first one.
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Supply List:

Rope King ST-300 Sisal Twine 300 feet

BAZIC Mini, Natural Clothespins, Wood, 50 Per Pack

Regency Baker’s Twine Cone red and white

Wilton Holiday Mini Cookie Cutter set of 12, 2308-1250

large or small silver bells/ornaments

mini envelopes with card

mini draw string canvas bags

sharpie marker

chocolate

small toys/school supplies

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Each day one of my kiddos gets to read what activity we are going to be doing, get a little treat, and also put the ornament onto the Christmas tree.

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Here they are:

  1. Put up Christmas decorations and Nativity. Read the Christmas story.
  2. Bake Christmas cookies and read a Christmas book.
  3. Visit a Christmas market and read a Christmas book.
  4. Host a Christmas cookie or treat party and watch Christmas movies.
  5. Get hot cocoa and go see Christmas lights.
  6. Sing carols and wrap gifts. Read a Christmas book.
  7. Bake cookies or make a treat and read a Christmas book.
  8. Make handmade Christmas cards and read a Christmas book.
  9. Pray for those in need and read a Christmas book.
  10. Watch Christmas movies and drink hot cocoa or tea.
  11. Camp out under the Christmas tree and read the Christmas story.
  12. Donate gently used toys and read a Christmas book.
  13. Eat a Christmas meal with friends or family and read a Christmas book.
  14. Bake Christmas cookies or make a Gingerbread houses and read a Christmas book.
  15. Pray for those in need and make blessing bags or back packs to give out and read a Christmas book.
  16. Bless neighbors with cookies or a gift and read a Christmas book.
  17. Sing carols and wrap gifts. Read a Christmas book.
  18. Find more ways to give and pray for those who are in need. Read a Christmas book.
  19. Drive around and look at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music.
  20. Family game night and sing Christmas carols.
  21. Bake cookies for friends and read a Christmas book.
  22. Make a wreath. Thank God for His never ending love. Read a Christmas book.
  23. Finish wrapping gifts and read a Christmas book.
  24. Bake cupcakes for Jesus’s birthday. Sing carols.
  25. Read the Christmas story and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Since we are a family that loves to read I incorporated reading into the calendars. I will be making a separate post on our book advent calendar. So more on that later.

I hung this advent calendar up in front of our living room windows.

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I just loved making these advent calendars.

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And I like to give credit where it is due.

These were pinterest inspired by two lovely websites:

http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/free-printable-vintage-christmas-advent-calendar/

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/25-days-of-service/

 

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Do you and your family have an advent calendar? I would love to see them so link back to me your site in the comments.

Merry Christmas!!

Rachel

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