Friday, November 25, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar



Now that I'm all full of turkey and dressing, I can focus on the BIG HOLIDAY ahead...Christmas!  I can't wait to decorate.  My daughter is really into Christmas this year.  She spots every Christmas tree when we're out and is asking for every toy she sees on TV.  Since this is the first time she seems to be interested in the holiday, I wanted a way for her to count down the days.  I decided an advent would give her something to look forward to each day.


Supplies used:
foam core board
scrapbook paper
glue stick
scissors




1. Cut scrapbook paper into 4 inch squares.  
2. Fold 1/2 inch on 3 sides.  The pocket ends up being 3x3.5".
3. Glue pockets onto foam core board.
4. Cut 1 inch circles, label with numbers, and glue onto squares.



Fill your pockets with activity cards or small gifts for each day.  This is an easy way count down the days with the family.

Some activities to include in your advent:
Make Christmas Cookies
Go Ice Skating
Address and Mail Christmas Cards
Host a Christmas Party
Put Up a Wreath
Make Hot Chocolate
Make Popcorn Garland
Listen to Christmas Songs
Go see Neighborhood Lights
Read a Christmas Story
Go See a Christmas Movie
Go To a Christmas Concert
Take a Family Christmas Photo
Make Christmas Cards
Make Christmas Ornaments
Wrap Gifts
Read a Story About the Birth of Jesus
Read "The Night Before Christmas"
Make a Snowman
Buy a Gift For a Needy Child



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24 comments:

  1. What a cute advent calender. Great job!! I pinned you!

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  2. This is a nice, simple advent calendar! And I love that it isn't all about the presents! If you get a chance maybe you could link up at the 30 days of frozen pie linky party at Hating Martha?
    http://hatingmartha.blogspot.com

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  3. How pretty! You did a lovely job and I appreciate you linking it to Potpourri Friday!

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  4. Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for sharing your fantastic Advent Calendar Tutorial over at Craft Junkie Too's T.G.I.F. Linky Party -- I've featured it on my Facebook page here.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Craft-Junkie-Too/162946417058976

    Please stop by my blog at http://www.craftjunkietoo.com and grab the Featured me button for your blog. :)

    Tracy

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  5. would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday - over at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  6. Very cute advent calender...my daughter used to love them, but mine were always store bought....BEFORE learning to craft :D Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Dittle Dattle Amaze Me Monday linky party,
    Smiles, Suzanne at WhyCuzICan

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  7. I love the idea of doing fun winter activities! And thanks for all of the activity ideas! (AND for sharing this link on Fancy This Fridays!!!)

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  8. What a great idea! Love this!

    I'm your newest follower :)

    Have a great day,
    Melanie

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  9. Lovely advent calendar! I like the idea of activities for each day!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. so cute!!! i still can't get over your wall stencil. did i tell you i thought you were crazy? lol thanks for partying!

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  11. Very cute! Every year I want an advent calendar, but I never get around to it. This seems pretty quick and easy. Thanks for sharing! I am stopping by from the project queen linkup.

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  12. I really love the fact that all of your ideas are for bonding activities and spreading joy...not about material things! I'll be pinning you...feel free to come visit me over at www.palmettosandpigtails.com
    -Shara

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  13. What a great job you did! Glad to stop in your blog! I am your newest follower! :) Blessings!

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  14. I love this advent calendar! Especially because you used activities for each day instead of candy or toys! Super cute!! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites today!

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  15. SO cute! I'm hosting an advent link party and would love for you to join!
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/12/december-1st-beginning-of-advent.html

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  16. I love this fresh take on an Advent Calendar. The idea of projects to accomplish or making time for creating memories together is genius. Thanks so much for sharing it on BeColorful's Motivated Monday.
    Pam

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  17. Oooh, I made a really similar one, but yours is so pretty! Love the scrapbook papers.

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  18. I love advent calendars...and yours is so fun! Thanks for linking up!

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  19. Thanks for linking up to this week's Tuesday Confessional. You were featured, so stop by and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/12/tuesday-confessional-features-crafty.html
    Way to go!
    ~Macy

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  20. I adore advent calendars I have had so much excitement looking at so many beautiful ones here in blog world. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation. I will follow you on the way out so I can come back and visit you blog again. I hope you will find the time to come visit me and do the same. Take Care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  21. Your advent calendar is so pretty and fun. It looks great. I love the idea of putting activities and things in the calendar...I am going to have to do that next year!

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  22. I love advent calendars and this turned out so cute!

    I would love it if you would share this at my new 12 Days of Christmas in July linky party. You can link up here:

    http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/twelve-days-of-christmas-in-july-linky.html

    I can’t wait to get organized for a peaceful and frugal holiday season!

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