Advent has begun and I have always struggled with finding a fun calendar that was not cheap. Advent is truly a season that is meant to prepare and celebrate for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I also struggled to find a non-secular one…how is that possible? With all of the fanfare that has surrounded the Christmas season, even Advent has become diluted in the eyes of society.
With all these road blocks in my search for the perfect Advent calendar, I scoured Pinterest and found an idea that I liked … and tweaked it to serve our family’s need.
The Santa, as pictured, was taken directly from a pre-designed craft on Pinterest. I then added 25 circles to place cotton balls on each day from the 1st through the 25th of December. These were not included on the original calendar. I have found that adding these circles not only helps Noah count down (or up) the days until Christmas, but it has been a learning tool to teach him his numbers.
I then added a bright strip of adhesive scrapbook paper between the Santa and the poem.
Ah…..then my issues with the poem as presented.
The poem was completely secular, focusing only on Santa. I took the poem that I found and tweaked the first stanza to include “Christmas” and then added a second stanza to add the Christian portion to our newly designed advent calendar.
Here is the poem:
Santa’s face is very bare
On his chin there is no hair
Add one puff so very white
And when its full it’s Christmas night
Let’s not forget, though, the reason we give
To celebrate Christ’s birth
So that we might LIVE!!!
Finally, I took the calendar (and the kids) to Mardel to laminate the final product. Each night, now, we tape a cotton ball up to Santa’s beard and read the poem over.
Next year, I have decided, that I am going to recreate the calendar to make it a bit more “charming” and less like it came out of a kindergarten classroom. In next year’s model, I plan on modge podging the calendar to a piece of wood and hanging it from an adhered piece of decorative ribbon.
We love our DIY Advent Calendar!