So…doing the rounds of the blogosphere are wonderful ideas for celebrating Advent / preparing for Christmas. As a teenager I babysat for a family who had the most wonderful home-made Advent calendar, fabric with pockets containing little gifts for each day of advent. Last year I decided to do something similar for L and N (F was just a little bump and a wiggle back then) – I love the idea of having a special family calendar that comes out every year, that the children will really remember.
But what to put in the pockets? Brilliant ideas I have come across include:
* A part of the nativity story
* A verse from the bible to discuss together
* A traditional Christmas story
* A piece of a Christmas jigsaw, so you build the jigsaw togetherthroughout Advent and finish it on Christmas Eve.
(Apologies that I don’t know where these ideas came from so I can’t link back; they are just ideas I gathered when deciding what to make).
Here is what I decided on for our family:
The background is a red tablecloth. the tree and pockets, along with the numbers are felt, firsdt stuck with wonderweb and then sewn around using blanket stitch for decoration.
Inside each pocket is a miniature bauble to hang on the tree, so we decorate the tree throughout Advent.
This year, I plan to put a sentence describing part of the Nativity in each pocket, so that L and N can draw a picture to go with it – so as Advent progresses we end up with a telling of the Nativity in picture around our living room. We will post pictures when it happens!