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Advent calendars are a wonderful way to count down the days until Christmas and to spend a little time each day remembering the joy of the season. This year Advent officially begins on December 2. The word advent means the coming and it is a Christian time of reflection and prayer prior to the coming of Jesus. In some homes a candle on an Advent wreath is lit every Sunday evening until Christmas Eve. Many decades ago in Europe, the ritual began of giving little treat to children, one each night of Advent. These Advent Calendars are wonderful ways to start that tradition in your own home.

Story Book Advent Calendar

We can’t think of anything more important than spending time with those closest to you during the hectic holiday season. This idea for a story book advent calendar creates a perfect opportunity for special times and special memories for you and all the little ones in your home.

Simply gather 24 children’s books. Grab some wrapping paper and tags of any sort and wrap each book and place a tag on each with a number 1-24. Pile the books under the tree with a cozy blanket nearby. The books can be collected throughout the year, at the dollar store, yard sales or swapped with friends. You can select books with a theme like holiday stories, Santa tales, religious themes or books about a special hobby your child enjoys. Then watch in delight as each evening your child grabs tonight’s book and runs to you ready for the story of the day. It’s a wonderful way to slow down the often frenzied pace of the season and take a few minutes before bed to read a brand new book that can be cherished for years to come.

Brown Paper Stars Advent Calendar

Children counting down the days to Christmas is an enchanting part of the holidays. We loved the home spun look of these stars and also loved the eco-friendliness of using brown bags and a branch from the outside to make this special advent calendar.

you will need

  • brown craft or wrapping paper (or recycled grocery bags)
  • thread
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
  • scissors
  • white marker
  • small candies, treats
  • branch
  • twine or fishing wire
  • hole punch

directions

  1. Fold a large section of the brown paper in half. Using whatever you choose to be your daily treat as a size guide, cut a variety of appropriately sized star shapes. Cut as many stars as you’d like to attach to your branch.
  2. With any point of the star facing the top, write a number from 1-24 on the star with the white marker.
  3. Position your sewing machine needle at the top point of the star. Sew a zigzag stitch around the star until you come to the last two points.
  4. Insert a small amount of shredded paper and the treat inside the star and continue to sew the final two points.
  5. Punch a hole in the top of the star and add string.
  6. Finish by tying all the stars to the branch.
  7. A satin ribbon or twine can be tied to each end of the branch to hang on a wall or over the fireplace.
  8. Open one star a day until you get to that very exciting last one...December 24th.