This Christmas, help teach your kids the different names for God with this Advent Calendar.
One of my earliest blog posts was when I shared my advent ornaments as a free printable to all my readers. It was a fun tradition that we did with the kids every Christmas. We didn’t always remember to do it every single day but it was a great practice for our family as we read and learned about a new name or character trait of God. So if you’re interested in doing something similar, this is a great way to teach your kids the names for God using this Advent Calendar.
In the past, we hung the cardstock ornaments up on a mini tree. This year, I decided to do something different. If you want to print your own, go to this post and there’s a free printable link. You can print it out on cardstock and punch holes in them to hang them on a tree. Or, you can choose to do something similar to what I did this year. OR just do something that’s totally different! Make it your own and create your personal traditions with your little ones.
Oh yeah if you don’t follow me on Instagram, I shared a photo of my newly painted dining room. It’s black and I’m in love! It’s the most amazing backdrop for my Advent Calendar.
A few months ago, I visited my local antique mall. I came out with nothing but a very large stick. Mind you, the stick was pretty cool looking and I wanted to incorporate it into my Christmas decor. Well, the idea hit me last week when I decided to use it for our Advent calendar!
For this year’s Advent calendar, I hung up the stick with some picture hanging hooks and string. I already had these envelopes but you can buy similar ones here. You can also take any small envelope and write the numbers on them. These envelopes come with sticker numbers.
I printed out the names for God and had my girls cut them out. They stuck one in each envelope. I also have a verse that goes along with each name for God. ie: Saviour John 4:42 It’s a fun activity to do with your kids. Each day in December, we will read them out as a family. On Christmas day, I’ll see if we can recite all of the names.
You can use a tiny clip to hang each envelope on the string and then attach each end by tying them around the long branch. I found that the stick wasn’t long enough so I had to improvise. I got two small driftwood pieces I had in my home and hung them side by side. I repeated the steps to hang some on the top.
I love how stand out against the dark wall. If you want to do something similar, I’m sure you can find a stick outside in your yard or while you’re going for a walk in the park.
If you use my Advent calendar, please be sure to share it with me! If you need some last minute ideas, here are some of my favorite recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving.
- Baked Pumpkin French Toast
- Southern Creamed Corn
- Sweet Cornbread Casserole
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Roasted Kabocha Squash
- Paleo Apple Pear Cake
- Cranberry Upside Down Cake
- Winter Quinoa Salad
- Rum Cake
I hope you have the most wonderful Thanksgiving!
Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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