Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent Calendar with Print out

 So, the advent season is quickly closing in on us and our house is fully decorated! Yeah! We scaled back a little this year, but the lights are on outside, the tree is up and the stockings are hung. 

With Elise now here some of our traditions are changing to be more baby friendly and there have been a few added. This year, after begging Brian he made me an advent calendar. There was a debate on whether it should be quilted or made of wood. Each wanting the other to make it....guess I won. :).

The concept is very simple, each day we flip over a block and it reveals another word to our Christmas verse. Luke 2:11. After turning the block we have a coordinating verse to read out of the bible, thus preparing our hearts for the season. 

Brian made it so it can either hang on the wall or sit on a table. This year, we just took off a picture from the wall and replaced it, so no extra whole in the wall. 


After Brian made the shelf and blocks....i.e a lot of sanding, I introduced him to the world of mod podge. Love that stuff. So we created the labels and mod podged them on.

 If you have your own advent calendar already or were hoping to make one, you still have a little time. Here's our daily reading we'll be using. You can also do this with candles or just getting together as a family for a short time each night before bed just to read works just as well.

I think it's important to take a little time to slow down during this busy season and just refocus on what's really important.

Are you adding any new traditions this year?


  1. Wow, I love this twist on the advent calendar! Genius! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


  2. This is really beautiful and he did an excellent job with the wood! Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is so beautiful. What a wonderful keepsake to use year after year during the holidays. I'm so happy you linked up with Mop It Up Mondays yesterday. You're being featured on The Tuesday Ten:

    Thanks bunches!

  4. What a wonderful idea. I love the idea of the message when you turn the numbers.

  5. This is awesome! I just created a new felt nativity advent calendar and we read a scripture passage each morning to prepare our hearts as well. Love this version with the scripture slowly appearing each day. Great job.

  6. A great advent calender! note to self make calender next year! Kx

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