For awhile now I've been conjuring up some kind of advent calendar to make/do for the girls this year. Last year we had a fun sticker-a-day calendar and read Scripture along with that, but this year I wanted something a bit more DIY and creative/interactive.
So I decided to do a washi tape tree on the wall. I then just took some scrap paper we had lying around (that had already been doodled on) and cut out "ornaments" to be taped on the wall. On the front of the ornaments is a number, and on the back is the name of a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible which we will read each corresponding day. I'm also working up some festive December activities to do on each day as well (simple things such as paint a manger scene, make a Christmas craft, bake cookies, read a special book, etc.). Finally, I added some glow-in-the-dark stars just for fun!
Elise was mesmerized when she came home and saw the tree and kept saying "Ah, Mommy, it's so pretty!" So, even though it's crooked on the wall (oops), the toddler approves and that's all that matters ;)
(It was also a bit hard to photograph in such poor hallway/nighttime lighting…)
So we're slowly getting geared up for Christmas over here, but let's not haste, we're ready to enjoy some delish Thanksgiving turkey this week…then we'll head into December :)