This is a super Pinterest Mom blog post. #sorrynotsorry
In my Project Reclaim Christmas efforts, I knew I wanted a fun Advent calendar for the girls, but I tell ya what, that’s no easy task with all the extra concerns we have to think through.
Candy? No go. Oldest isn’t much of a fan, youngest doesn’t eat by mouth. Activities? Umm…70% of the ones I found, we couldn’t really do, and another 20% sounded exhausting. Coming up with ones we could do was rough. And hopefully, we don’t just run into a situation of the youngest getting dead set on doing each activity the exact day it’s scheduled for. Because life.
But I did it! I did a thing, everyone! I made the cutest little gingerbread house village Advent calendar ever. EVAH!
Seriously, my husband was a bit concerned at how much I was flipping out over how freaking cute it is.
I’m not artistic. I’m not. But fortunately, I can paint basic shapes.
My shelf is so happy and festive!
So each little bag contains an ornament to color for a name of Jesus (I’ll post links to resources at the bottom!), a verse for each name wrapped around a candy cane, a Christmas hymn to go over, and an activity we can do.
Are we going to get everything done each day? I doubt it, but we’ll do more than we would if I didn’t do this at all. Because it’s December 1st and then suddenly it’s February (January is obviously spent in a post Christmas coma) and I realize we didn’t do any of the things I had wanted to. This way we’ll at least do SOME.
Gingerbread House Paper Bags (I didn’t have puff paint so I used craft paint)
Pinterest and Google were my resources for figuring out which hymns to include and which activities would work for our family.
That’s it! It really is a pretty simple project and if your kids help, it’ll go faster. I think my older daughter wants to make some of her own gingerbread bags now, too.