An Advent Calendar

This year we have a new family tradition – a homemade advent calendar. In past years we have done the store bought chocolate advent, and last year Master D was over it in about 4 days (and did I mention, it was chocolate?!).

For our new advent calendar I found some cute lil envelopes and stenciled on the numbers.

Next we drew pictures incorporating the numbers (or tried to anyway!). We were inspired to try this by some of the beautiful Waldorf alphabets we have seen.

Husband of mine drew some lovely pictures, but sort of forgot about the whole – Christmas themed thing??? Well they look lovely anyway!

In each envelope there is a slip of paper, mostly cut from Christmas cards from last year, with an activity.

We’ve included things like writing to Santa, Christmas crafts & baking, making our gingerbread house and many others.

To put it all together I strung up some wool in the shape of a Christmas tree and pegged the envelopes on.

We are so looking forward to our Christmas countdown!

Warm wishes, Kelly



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  • Reply Carrie November 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I love how it incorporated the whole family.Just wanted to let you know that I’m passing on another award to you. Check it out at Hope all is well!!

  • Reply Beth ( November 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Super cute! I love the originality =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,Beth =-)

  • Reply Anya December 2, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Home made calendars are the best! We are doing one this year too, kids love it 🙂

  • Reply no spring chicken December 2, 2011 at 3:11 am

    So simple, yet so special…Blessings, Debbie

  • Reply Kelly December 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I love this idea! I always have big plans to make our advent calendar but we still have a store-bought one. Thanks for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

  • Reply Carrie December 2, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing yet another wonderful idea at Sharing Saturday!

  • Reply Jaime December 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    It’s all just so very cute. The envelopes. The number-pictures. The big star. All of it. I really like the idea of just having activities.

  • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts December 3, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments :-)warm wishes, Kelly

  • Reply April's Homemaking December 4, 2011 at 12:53 am

    What a great idea to use envelopes, I love the way it turned out. My kids are teens now, and we are still doing the chocolate sort. I love the idea of writing activities in the envelope, what fun this would be to make!

  • Reply Amy December 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

    That is so fun!! We do an activity each day too, but our papers just go in a storebought calendar. I love your homemade one…I especially like how you incorporated the numbers into the wintery pictures! Thanks for linking it to Shine on Fridays!

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