Our Advent Calendar is made from a Red Dogwood branch and some old book pages. Each book page was rolled into a cone shape and decorated with a winter animal shape.
Each day we look inside the cone to find a prayer for the day or a family activity to prepare for Christmas.
Some of our favorites are:
~Sing Christmas songs by the tree
~Cocoa and a prayer
~Read the story of the birth of Jesus
~Make "firecrackers" to open on Christmas Eve (These contain special notes written by each family member)
~ Go for a drive and look at Christmas lights
~Go out of your way to do good deeds today
~Make a gift for your sibling
~Go to the pet store to hold the puppies
~Buy food for the food shelf
~Make a Birthday Banner for Jesus
This is the first year we have done such an involved Advent Calendar. I must say I am in love with the idea and I do plan to make it a tradition.
Having the kids help make it really gave them ownership.
I will admit that some of the tasks did not get completed. The timing was a little off. Next year, I will have to rig it so the more involved activities land on slow days here at the house!
I hope Advent helped prepare your heart and home for the coming of Jesus... Merry Christmas!