advent calendar round up

One of our family’s favourite holiday traditions is advent. It marks the beginning of the season for us and it’s the perfect kick off to our holiday celebrations. Once again this year we will be using simple muslin bags that I made two years ago.

The first Sunday in advent is November 27 so we will start our rituals even before December begins. For some, this might seem like a lot of extra work but we try to keep it simple. With a little planning, and keeping our traditions the same from year to year, we manage to create a magical moment each Sunday and throughout the weeks. And the kids really enjoy the consistency and rhythm it provides.

Here’s a round up of some great advent ideas that you might use in your family.

Erin from Collage Collage is having a workshop coming up on November 24 to make advent felt boards. I LOVE this idea! It’s based on something her very crafty mom did for her family when she was young. So many possibilities. You can find out more  here.

Kids Craft Weekly also has some great no-sew advent calendar ideas that you can make with things you have around the house.

If you don’t feel like making your own, there is still time to order a beautiful handmade advent calendar from etsy. Check out this one, or this one or these.

If you’re not up to filling little envelopes and bags each night, why not print off a  simple advent colouring page each day like this cute one from Elsie Marley.

There are so many free online paper toys that make great fillers. Some of my favourites are from the The Toymaker, Windy and Friends, and these awesome thumb-wrestling belts from The Small Object.

For more tangible goodies we will be filling ours with a mix of paper toys, activity cards, chocolates and little treats like these lego crayons.

The activities are one of our favourite parts of the advent mornings. Each morning the elves leave behind an activity for our family to do together that day. These have evolved over the years and I have fine tuned them to match up with holiday activities that we would do anyways and things that are easy to do on a whim. This year I made little cards that I am hoping we can re-use each year. check out the Kids Craft Weekly advent post for some ideas.

You’ve still got a couple of weeks to think about starting an advent tradition of your own. Good luck and have fun!

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2 responses to “advent calendar round up

  1. So many great ideas, thanks for rounding these up!
    —Robin

    • Thanks Robin! There is so much goodness out there. It helps to keep track of it here. I’d love to hear more about other ideas you have seen.

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