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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sleigh Bells Ring…our advent calendar

 

Last Christmas, I made a promise to myself I would create a personalized advent calendar for my family.  I did just that!  In January I researched and researched advent calendars.  I found so many cute ones.  Display space, personalization, and storage were main considerations I had.  I wanted something that I could customize year to year as my children grow, and new ideas come to mind.  I like having some flexibility too. After much researching, thinking and planning I found a simple/rustic/iron display advent calendar at Pottery Barn.  It’s perfect for our family.  All my considerations approved!  So, what I did, is give each of us a day (to pick the activity).  Actually, Scott and I share a day.  I looked at a real calendar to see on what days we were flexible to do a little more.  I also wanted most of the activities to be cost efficient as well as meaningful.  I included, simple bible verses for the kids to learn, holiday books for busy week nights, a random act of kindness day, and some good ole Christmas traditions.  All activities include whole family involvement.  I made the cards myself and kept the file to edit next year.  They came out the perfect size!  I embellished with a couple of bells etc.   As expected, I even had to move some activities around as the month of December started…I love that it’s that flexible.  What do you think?

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On Advent Day 1

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What a memorable day we had.  B rode his very first roller coaster….and it was pretty scary.  He did so well.  Nealy enjoyed the VERY scary rides.  Scott enjoyed our family quality time.  We ALL enjoyed the yummy food and the festivities.

2 comments:

Erica Cornish said...

Great idea. Cam out every cute ( the calendar)

Our Little Bubble said...

LOVE this! Your so creative! I can't wait to try it next year!