Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Calendar

Last year we did the cutest little Advent Calendar.  Each day Elijah opened up an envelope and there was a little figure for him to add to his snow scene.  It was lots of fun and he loved it, but it didn't lend much to the true meaning of Christmas.  I was searching online the other night looking for something different and more meaningful when I found this!  It is perfect!  It teaches the true meaning of Christmas AND it involves crafts!  Yay!  This is an ebook titled "Truth in the Tinsel."

Each day it gives you a scripture to read, followed by step-by-step instructions on how to make an ornament to go along with the scripture.  It also has a printable paper chain that you can clip a link off of each day leading up to Christmas.  I was really excited when I found this, but discouraged that I might not have time to prep for the activities.  We just moved and I still have boxes everywhere!  If you are reading this, you may be feeling the same way, but let me assure you, it can be done!

I printed the entire book and put it into a binder, but that isn't totally necessary.  If you really want to get off to a quick start, then just print off the paper chain and the clue cards in the back of the book.  Here is our paper chain after it was printed, assembled, and hung from our light fixture.  Each link has the main subject of the scripture you will read that day printed on it. If you don't have a printer, you could even just cut strips of paper and write the words on them!

The next thing I did was to cut out the clue cards and clip them to a brown paper sack and hang them from a ribbon.  My plan is to put each day's ornament materials into the bag for easy access.  Have I done this yet?  No! ha ha.  So far we have clipped the first two links of the chain and read and talked about the scripture and we will do the ornaments as we have time and review the scripture as we make them.  Do what fits for your family!  Don't stress about it being perfect!  This is hard for me, because ideally I would have a much cuter set up for this, but the important thing is, my child is learning about the true meaning of Christmas while we spend meaningful time together each day and he will remember this always!  These are the materials sacks that I will fill as I have time.  I truly hope and plan to fill them all this weekend.  The first couple crafts in the book are fairly easy and can be done with things anyone would have on hand, so it's very easy to "wing" the first couple of days!

Here is the link where you can purchase the ebook "Truth in the Tinsel"."  It's not too late to start!  Next year I hope to have a swap party of sorts so everyone can pitch in and help one another get all the activities together, but this year we are just going to do the best we can and have fun doing it!


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