Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Advent Calendar

We wanted to start doing an advent calendar this year now that Emma is old enough to really understand what is going on at Christmas. There are so many options out there, but I really wanted to make something that would emphasize Jesus, be full of fun Christmas-y activities, and (of course) have sweet treats. 

I found a couple that I would love to buy, but I am content to check them out after Christmas to see if I can get them on sale. So this year we are using glass jars to hold each day's advent activities...and I love how it turned out!

Here's a look at all 25 jars:

The most important thing I wanted was to have a Scripture to read every day. We'll be reading the Christmas story from Luke, and working on memorizing several verses. I started with Emma just a few days ago and she nearly has Luke 2:11 memorized already! Now we have to play catch-up.

I found a bunch of ideas online, but in the end came up with most of my own Christmas activities.

 The top jar of popcorn is "make a popcorn garland".

I'm pretty sure we won't have enough snow to build a snowman in Delaware in December, so we'll make snowmen out of toothpicks and marshmallows!

Mmmmm...Peppermint sticks!

I used a glass marker to write the number for each day on the jars.

Emma has been asking several times a day for the last week if its time to start opening the jars. We can't wait to get started tomorrow!


Great Oma said...

Beth Anne. You are a genius. What fun for Emma, too.

lindsay said...

Wow! That is amazing, and looks like it took you a lot of time to put together! I'm excited for Emma!

Beth Anne said...

It did take a long time, but I love how I turned out and it is just what i wanted!

Randy and Terry said...

Beth Anne, you constantly amaze me with your creativity. You are such a great mom! So very proud of you.

guitargirl75 said...

oooh, what fun! I hope I am there one or two days to join in. Great job, BA!