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Most Advent calendars seem to focus on kids getting more stuff each day until Christmas and then having an explosion of gifts to open on Christmas Day. I’m here to share something different. An Advent calendar that focuses on the real story of Christmas and the reason we anticipate it.

This is a repost from last year, and is still as relevant this year. Read on to find out how you can engage with your little ones in learning more about this holy holiday.

I found this cute idea for an Advent calendar from my friend Vanessa over at Silly Eagle Books. She gives detailed instructions on making one with contact paper and cutouts from the great little Advent activity ebook, Truth in the Tinsel.


I downloaded Truth in the Tinsel and love it. Amanda White, of Impress Your Kids does an excellent job at helping you teach the true meaning of Christmas to your little ones with a Bible verse reading, Advent clue, and ornament activity each day. Think all that seems a little much to do each day from now to Christmas? She also breaks the days up into smaller chunks like the basics of the Christmas story or Bible characters. So you can go as in-depth or simplify as much as you want. And now you can order printable ornaments for days when you don’t have time to make a full-blown handmade one.

Advent tree
With a full list of materials and instructions with photo examples, I’m being ambitious and am going to attempt them all (I’m sure to be ripping my hair out at some point). I think it’ll be a great activity to do with the kids. And although I’m not quite sure how all the logistics are going to work out, we’re going to have a go at it. Today’s clue is a candle and we’ll make our ornament after school–wish me luck–and buy your copy of Truth in the Tinsel here!

To read more about our family Advent traditions, read my previous posts here and here

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