Last year I didn't really have time to do any fun projects for Christmas. Emerson was only a month old and we were doing good to even have a tree!
That means this year I have 2 years worth of project ideas to execute! Both our dining room and kitchen tables have been covered with ribbon, paper, gift tags, and wreaths for several weeks. My list is long and I probably won't finish everything, but I'm excited to share some of my projects with you. Some of them I've done myself and some of them I decided it was worth it to buy instead of DIY.
The first project I tackled was an advent calendar. I hope it's something that we use as a family for a long time! Each day has a Bible passage to read. I found advent verses and wrote the references on the back of gift tags. Emerson is obviously still too young to understand, but it's good for Adam and I to take time each day to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
A girlfriend and her son came over one afternoon so the boys could play and we could craft. In theory, it was a great idea. In reality, we ended up on the floor playing with the boys and got very little crafting done! It didn't help that I was out of the staples that we needed to attach the twine to the back of the frames.
I was going to use an empty wooden frame, but I didn't have one that was big enough for 25 tags. I ended up using an old window and it worked great! I have used the window on the mantel before, and I love that I found a new use for it. I got Christmasy paper to use in the panes at JoAnn's, 5 sheets for $1.
I added some berries and leaves to some of the tags to make them more festive.
I stapled 3 pieces of twine across the back to hold the cards. I wrote numbers on the front of the cards and Bible references on the back. I painted clothespins with craft paint and added a few berries for decoration. I'm thinking about using the frame for cards or pictures year round. It would also be a great way to display Christmas cards. If you have an empty frame, you could also put chicken wire inside and clip cards to it.
We hung the window between the bookcases in the back of the living room. Now we just need to get the nativity set up on the table below.
Now that we have the advent calendar, we have no excuse for not reading the verses every day. I'll let you know how it goes! I think we'll try to do it first thing in the morning. By the end of the day we're usually rushing to get dinner finished before bedtime and I want it to be a family thing.
I'm also reading the SheReadsTruth Advent plan during my personal quiet time. I especially love that they created a Spotify playlist with a song for each day! Is anyone else going through this study?
Do you celebrate advent with your family?