I have wanted to do this with the kids since I had them, but of course I had to wait until they understood Christmas just a little bit more! I have thought about doing an Advent countdown with them, but I decided to start small. I loved the idea from this website, http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2010/11/countdown-to-christmas-homemade-family.html This is my goal for next year! I can start thinking about it earlier and get some fun ideas on paper!
So, this year I settled for doing the 12 Days of Christmas. I can’t wait until we get to start it!
I went to Michael’s and walked around to get my creative juices going! I grabbed some Christmas scrapbook paper, some fun colorful gems and some cardstock stockings. I bought enough so that next year if I decide to do the Advent Count then I have all the items I need!
I cut the scrapbook paper to cover the stockings. Then glued them on. I used the gems to write the numbers on each stocking.
I decided to decorate the trim of the stockings with glitter. Josie started to help me with this, but she was making more of a mess than I wanted! So, she gave up and I got to finish with less mess!
I also found some clothespins at Michael’s that had Santa or Snowmen on them. You could paint/color them if you wanted, but I decided to leave them plain. They were just cute! I got some red ribbon and clothes pinned the stockings to the ribbon and hung them on this railing. I love how it turned out! What I also like about this is that next year when I decide to do the Advent I can write on the backs of the stockings the idea/activity for each day.
I found some trinkets, crafts, candy to wrap up and let the kids have each day of the countdown. I’m excited and I know they are excited, too! I also can’t wait to do a more fun but meaningful one next year! Enjoy!