Thursday, November 30, 2006

Advent Chains

If your kids are like mine, they are already asking, "How many days till Christmas?" Of course, a traditional way to count down is to use a lovely advent calendar with little windows to open each day. For some reason this has never worked for us. Either I forget to buy a calendar, or the windows get torn off, or we forget to check it each day.

I've seen some beautiful ideas for homemade alternatives around the blogosphere that range from 24 envelopes with a holiday activity inside, to 24 stockings, and so on.

However, I'm into easy. Simple. When I make things too complicated, they just don't get done. So I'm recycling the paper chain idea. Each of my kids made a paper chain with 24 links, out of old wrapping paper. Each day during December they get to tear a chain off, and they have a visual idea of how many more days till Christmas.

2 comments:

My Boaz's Ruth said...

I LOVE the idea of Jesse Tree. and I can also remmeber enjoying, growing up, turning our toys into the part of "acting out" the Christmas story.

So I wonder if toys can be used the ame way for the Jesse Tree. Finding something every day to represent that day's subject, etc.

Charity Grace said...

Hmmmm...I hadn't even thought of a Jesse Tree. We may have to try that next year.