Thursday, December 04, 2008

Celebrating advent...

This year for Advent we decided (or I did and told Morgan) that we should celebrate with a little more pause and purpose. First, I created an Advent wreath for us to light each Sunday and spend some time with scripture and prayer. I used greens from our own trees and some little pinecones I collected from somewhere and had stashed away. Owen loves the lighting of the candle and blowing it out.
Then I created a little advent activity calendar. When I was scrapping a month ago one of the other girls scrapping was creating one. I over heard her talking about it and thought it was such a good idea. I didn't see how she was doing it though so I just made mine up.
I used 12x4 pieces of cardstock to make pockets. Then put a number on each. The numbers were from a piece of pattern paper I found last year. I think by Making Memories. I reinforced each of the pockets with brads so they wouldn't come apart. Each pocket is decorated differently. Then I made a tag (6x2 1/2) on my cricut and then printed an activity on it. I bound the pockets together with my bind-it-all and then made the little stand with a wooden plaque, 3 dowels and two wooden beads. The stand can be disassembled so it will store flat.

This is just a random photo from last weekend. Owen and Morgan were scrubbing the kitchen floor. Owen loves to help daddy with whatever he's doing!
O's napping so I'm off for a bath and then to work on the things on my to-do list!

6 comments:

Raquel said...

Love your Advent wreath. We have ours out also. I love Advent because it leads up to the wonderful celebration of the birth of Christ.
I hope you have a wonderful Advent season and a Merry CHRISTmas!!!

jill said...

Love the activity calendar idea. Perfect for the winter break from school (or any break for that matter). Making note of that for next year.

Noelia said...

What a great idea! Love how it stands.
We started celebrating the advent at Church as well. We lit the first candle last week, it was wonderful.

Janet said...

What great ideas to celebrate the season with purpose and meaning. :-) We have an Advent wreath, too. Love the activity calendar idea.

BonnieRose said...

Love your little calendar.. it's great!

emily said...

Beautiful Advent Wreath and the the little dowel stand is great! How did you put it together??