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Good morning! I hope you are all thawing out and warming up just a tad from this ridiculous winter weather we’ve been having. Clearly fall didn’t get the memo, and winter is taking over a little too soon. We were in the negatives a few nights ago, and still have several inches of snow on the ground. Is it summer yet?!
The only positive coming out of this weather is that I’ve been gearing up for Christmas decorating. If you don’t know me very well, then this is TOTALLY out of character for me. I’m usually a Scrooge and refuse to listen to Christmas music or decorate anything until at least December 1st. But in combination of all the snow and now having a blog and seeing tons of others posting Christmas stuff, I’m ready to jump on in! So, here we go. My FIRST Christmas post of the season! Yay!
Even though Jade is still too little to understand, I wanted us to start a new Christmas tradition; one that we’ll use each year with our kids, teaching them “the reason for the season.” Now that I have a family of my own, I want to make sure my children grow up knowing that Christmas isn’t just about getting gifts and Santa Clause and Christmas trees. It’s about the birth of our Lord and Savior, and how He came into this world to one day take on our sins. I didn’t want a chocolate/candy advent calendar, I wanted one that would prompt us to not only learn more about Jesus, but also do it together as a family. I found an advent calendar Bible verse list here, and our Bible Verse Advent Calendar was born!
Does this branch and wall look a little familiar? That’s because I made a similar setup for Jade’s first birthday party (You can see it here)! I used the same branch, but spray painted it metallic silver. Oh how its shininess makes me happy! I can’t get over how it totally looks like metal. This is normally our gallery wall, but I liked having it all decorated for Jade’s birthday so much that I decided I’ll be decorating the wall for a few of the major holidays from now on!
Music is big in our house. David is an amazing piano player and, well, even though I don’t play any instruments, I have music playing all day long for us. So, I used some music pages that David didn’t use anymore. Don’t worry, it was already torn up and missing pages, so I didn’t ruin a good piano book. 🙂 I just cut them in large strips in the size I wanted, folded them up, and stapled the sides. This created a little “envelope.”
My Christmas colors this year are mostly silver and lime greens, so I found some pretty lime green glitter paper. I used a 2.5 inch punch and punched out circles. These punches are so handy, and I use it for so many crafts. I use this one and it works like a charm!
I found these great number stickers at the craft store that were perfect, AND they came in a pack of 1-25, exactly what I needed! I stuck them on the front of the circles, then glued the circles on each music envelope.
I bought some glittery white paper also, and cut them into strips to fit inside the envelopes. On the glitter side, I wrote a verse from the advent reading guide, which again, you can find HERE. It basically is a few verses to read each day that centers on the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate.
Now, because I’m forgetful and sometimes can’t even remember what day it is, I needed a way of remembering which days we’ve completed and what day is next. So, to keep it simple and pretty, I just glued some leftover gems I had from jade’s party on the back of each white strip.
I used a pretty silver ribbon, taped it to the backs of the envelopes, and hung the ribbons from the branch. Voila! A simple, pretty advent calendar that we will be able to use each year to teach our kids the meaning behind why we celebrate Christmas.
Do you use or make an Advent calendar? What does yours look like?
Have a great rest of the week, and stay warm!!
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