Even though it’s a few days into December, there’s still plenty of time to put together a fun and meaningful advent calendar for your family to enjoy! We’re not talking about the paper ones from the grocery store with the questionable chocolates inside…we’re talking about 3 1/2 weeks of fun holiday activities and service projects that your family can enjoy together! There are a million easy (and not so easy) ways to make an advent calendar out there, this is one of the easy ones! :-)
I used the adorable Limited Edition Advent Calendar Kit made by Silhouette for mine, but you could fashion one for yourself fairly easily! All you need is a spare frame (the bigger the better!), some screw-in hooks, and some picture-hanging wire. String five wires along the picture frame, secure them to the hooks, put 5 clips (or clothespins) on each wire, and you’re ready to make your own customized advent calendar!
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Now it’s time to figure out what you’ll be using for your “dates”. I decided to use the cute template that came with the Silhouette Advent Calendar Kit, but you really could let your imagination run wild here! Little boxes, envelopes, or fun holiday shapes would all work!
Once you’ve created and decorated each date to your heart’s desire, it’s time to add an activity or service project to each date. (I loved the idea of doing a service project each day, but I wasn’t sure it was feasible to come up with a simple and meaningful project for 24 straight days. So I decided to compromise and alternate service projects and family activities!) If you’re in need of inspiration for activities and/or service projects for your calendar, adrielbooker.com has a great list of both!
Since I used these cute little envelopes, I wrote a project or activity on small slips of paper and put one in each envelope. If you aren’t using envelopes, you can just write them on the back of each date (but tell the kids, NO PEEKING!). :-)
And that’s that! You’re ready to “countdown to Christmas” with your family in a meaningful and memorable way. And as an added bonus, you also have a darling piece of holiday decor to hang up in your home! I’m all about a good two-for-one!