Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Advent Calender and Christmas Tree

I am so pleased with my last minute, totally free and "up-cycled" Advent calender...

I made little pockets from brown paper bags, decorated them with clippings from old Christmas cards, a Target ad and the most recent issue of Martha Stewart Living, added generous amounts of iridescent glitter and voila! Now granted, this is not my dream advent calender. I spent way too long seeking inspiration from the wonderfully creative examples of advent awesomeness out there in the blogosphere. I know how adorable and stylish they can be. (Go ahead, Google it and see how creative some people are.) But you know what?  Ta-dah! Its done and in one afternoon! And its all me.  AND its the act of counting the days (and making them count) that I am most interested in.

Each day will have a special activity to celebrate the season. My main goal is to completely immerse ourselves in the biblical account of Jesus's birth. We will be reading from Matthew 1:18-2:23 
and Luke 1 and 2.  Many of our activities will be inspired from these texts.We will soak up the wonder that the same God who created the universe had a plan to redeem his fallen creation which began with him entering the world as a tiny baby, born of a peasant woman, in the poorest of conditions.  Amazing!

Also we will:
Make Christmas tree ornaments
make and drink hot chocolate
cut and decorate snowflakes
make beeswax candles
go for a winter walk
go see Christmas lights at Lake Julian
make gingerbread men
watch a Christmas movie
make snow globes
donate clothes, food and gifts to needy
make outdoor ice art
make presents for Grandparents
 Return to Bethlehem
have a special breakfast, lunch and dinner
visit family and friends
go to a Christmas parade
bake cookies

On down days, we'll read Christmas books by the fire. As a back up for the unexpected monkey wrench, (because life happens:) I have a few pieces of chocolate stashed away.

Wish me luck, I am so excited!!

And here is our lovely tree...


  1. So beautiful and so inspiring! We've also begun our Advent celebration :o)

  2. Liz, You do awesome work! I have been trying to find you since you did some work for me when you were on Etsy. Would you be willing to do two more figures for me of my kids? Again, you are a great artist!tcarreno at gmail . com