It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! If you are anything like me you have decked the halls and the kitchen and maybe even the kids rooms! We have many Christmas traditions that keep us busy during one of my favorite times of the year. One of our favorite December traditions is the Advent Calendar.
Advent comes from the the Latin word adventus meaning arrival or coming. The Hebrews looked forward to the coming of a Savior-The First Advent, Now, we are waiting expectantly for His return-the Second Advent.
Traditionally, Advent counts down the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Many families do this in many different ways.
HOw We Celebrate
Our advent calendar is a shoe hanger for a door. You can get them from Amazon, Target or Walmart. I got mine from At Home a few years ago. There are 24 pockets on the hanger so it is perfect.
In the past I have bought small trinkets for the kids to open each day. I wrap my daughter's items in green tissue paper and my son's in red tissue paper. Both of my kids love socks. So this year they are opening a new pair of fun socks each night. Each night before we open the presents we read a scripture. Some years all the scriptures were about God's love or us and other years they were about His goodness to us. This year we are reading through the Christmas story in the book of Luke. Here are some pics of our calendar.
More Advent ideas
Here are some Advent ideas-from super simple DIY to more complex and can be bought at the store.
Hope you found some fun ways to countdown to Christmas! Just one more way to make this season even more special!
How do you countdown to Christmas? I'd love to hear how you celebrate the holiday season!
All About ME
I am Tanya, a 38 year old wife and mother of two. I currently reside in St. Louis, MO. I started Creative Celebrations as way to share with others my love for party planning. I hope that each time you visit you will come away with a tip, trick or new idea to make your event a CREATIVE CELEBRATION!