Happy Advent all!  Yeah, I know, I'm way behind.  That's just my M.O. this Christmas, unfortunately.  Anyway, I've been working my little tail off trying to get  things ready for advent for my kids.  I love holiday traditions and with all the books on Santa that we're reading, I thought I would try to get the kids excited about Jesus instead.  Here are my top favorite resources for putting together a stellar Advent!

1) After spending hours on Pinterest (that's probably not much of an exaggeration) trying to come up with the perfect Advent calendar, I finally decided to make an amalgamation of these two garlands (click images for links):

I'm using a combination of the envelopes and the mittens - not going to finish in time to have all 25 days this year, but so far it's looking adorable!  And the best part is, they are super easy to make - just stitch up a couple pieces of felt and you're done!  I have 2 envelopes and a mitten sewn up and un-numbered, so I'll just be reusing them every 3rd day this year and finish up after the holiday crunch.  Oops - at least my kids are forgiving. 

2) In each pouch I'm adding a verse from here and from here (this one can also be made into a paper chain if you're not doing pouches).  I'm also adding one charitable act to perform each day, and a special treat (dinner out, candy, extra bedtime books, etc).  And we do a fun Advent-related activity every day.  You can find ideas for activities here, here and here.

3) And because I have been reading about it everywhere, and I really wanted to go all-out this season, we're also following along with Truth In The Tinsel.  It's a great e-book (only $4.99 and you can download it instantly!) detailing a verse, a craft and discussion points for each day of Advent.  It's easy enough for young kids I'm so excited to get started with my kids.   (click the picture to buy the book).
If you celebrate Advent, what fun activities have you put together?  Please feel free to share so we can all learn from each other!


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