We have done advent calendars in the past. It was usually something like each day the kids got to take turns moving the candy cane one day ahead and then that child got to have the treat that was in the pocket for the day. Well, last year, our calendar broke. The kids were so sad. "What are we going to do this year?!" They worried and voiced their concerns in a slightly whiney tone.
"We'll come up with something. Don't worry." I replied. Then I was told that I always say that and sometimes don't remember to come through on my promises. Oh wow. That always makes one feel good.
As I sat waiting for Kate and Jake during swimming, I fell upon Grace Swaine's cute picture on Instagram of her kids decorating their tree. Behind it looked like a classy, simple, homemade advent calendar. I can do that!!! I thought. And so, I got to work...on November 30th.
Hours later, December 1st was here and I was just as excited for the kids to open the first envelope as they were. Here's our list of what we are doing for December 2014. We have a scripture that we are reading together every night, as well as an activity for the day. It can be a service, a craft or just something fun to celebrate Christmas.