12 Weeks of Homemade Christmas…the Advent Calendar

Introduction by Dawn.  Reprinted with permission from TSJ Photography.

I have been wanting to do an Advent Calendar with Jackson now for the past couple of years. I wanted it to be creative. I looked and looked but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.  So, I’m sad to say I did nothing.  I really think he would have really gotten into it this year.  So I will tell you I was thrilled when my friend Maria sent me this link, telling me she knew I’d love the Advent Calendar.  And I completely do. It’s so me.  I love Random Acts of Kindness and I want to do an Advent Calendar so this is the perfect mix!! I got the link too late this year to implement it but I am definitely implementing it next year. I cannot wait!!

Thanks to Maria for sharing and also for TSJ Photography’s willingness to allow me to reprint the post.  Enjoy!

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random acts of christmas kindness :: advent 2010

By tracie | Published: December 6, 2010

I am so incredibly excited about our Advent activity this year!  And … given that I creatively “borrowed” our Advent activity last year … I think it’s only fitting I borrow from my “SHEro” again this year {get it? not HEro, but shero?}!!

And can I just insert here … that because I came out of stalking hiding, Katherine and I have gotten to know each other and are now friends!  She’s an amazing woman, mother, wife, photographer and overall creative genius!  Not to mention, a very giving and caring friend!  I feel blessed to call her friend …

Anyway … when she posted this, I immediately asked permission to borrow it.  It was just too wonderful not to!  And just as I suspected … our family has already been incredibly blessed because of it!

I didn’t have much time to pull it all together, so here’s my version of “RACK :: Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.”

And here’s how we do it … the night before … we pull the next days activity and talk about what we’re going to do.  I’ve included a scripture verse on each card as well, and we also talk about what the verse means to us.

As for activities … I borrowed some of Katherine’s, but we also came up with some of our own.  So far, one of my favorites was paying past due library fees for five people.  I’m also looking forward to our nursing home visit to hand out treats and drawings, read, and maybe sing.

One of the funnest parts of our activity is leaving a card letting the recipient know they’ve been “RACK’ed!”  Feel free to download a copy of the card here.

As I mentioned … it’s only been 5 days, but we’ve already been incredibly blessed.  The girls are excited about and loving our daily activities.  In a world so caught up with the “gimme’s” … I’m working double-time to teach my girls that scripture rings true … “it’s far better to give, than to receive!”

 

Cilla - December 15, 2011 - 9:38 am

Or shall I say LOVE this idea Tracie :) and thanks for sharing Dawn :) lol.

Cilla - December 15, 2011 - 9:36 am

Dawn!!! I LOVE this idea!!! AWESOME! And the pictures are fab :)

Dawn - December 15, 2011 - 8:48 am

Oh I love that idea with the book…I’m definitely going to have to check that out. I do think it’s a good lesson in pay it forward over the holidays v. “want, want, want” for the boys with all the commercialism of the season!!

Debbie G. - December 14, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Yeah, I apparently have an obsession with Advent countdowns too. After buying a new cool one (more on that in a minute) I opened the Christmas boxes to find at least 2 others that I had tried or purchased last year. At this point, it’s more of the counting idea, since Adam’s 3. One was a magnetic “cover today’s number with a magnet” thing. The other was my crafty attempt: making paper cone Christmas trees, then adding one with a tag for the number each day. I don’t think we made it through the whole thing last year…

This year I found an awesome book set “The Story of Christmas” by Workman Publishing. It has a little storybook for each day. Each book tells another part of the Christmas story, and has a string so we hang it on our 2-foot table tree after we read it. I feel like it’s reinforcing numbers AND the true meaning of Christmas.

As for next year… who knows what we’ll do? Got 11 months to figure that out!

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