December 8, 2009

Our Advent Tree . . .

As a young girl growing up in Germany, I looked forward to the tradition of an advent calendar. Ours were not fancy. They were made of cardboard and had a smattering of glitter highlighting the snow capped areas of a cheerful Christmas scene. I enjoyed opening a little window each day to find a tiny picture underneath - a candle, a mouse or maybe a sprig of holly. The simplicity of it made me happy.

I decided that this year we'd make an advent calendar out of this Charlie Brown tree I got for $2 at a garage sale.


I delved into my paper stash and found all the pretty prints in blues, greens and browns and crafted some little envelopes using a coin envelope as my pattern. I then wrote the numbers 1 through 25 on each of the envelopes.
Each morning before school one of the kids takes that day's envelope off the tree. Inside I have placed a scripture about the birth of the Savior. We look the scripture up as a family, read it and talk about it briefly.

I'm really liking this new tradition for a few reasons: the tree looks so lovely sitting on my kitchen island, the kids are excited to do the countdown, we're together as a family when we do it, we're thinking about Jesus' birth which is the whole reason for this time of year, and my kids are getting a spiritual boost before I send them out into the world for the day.

Do you have an advent tradition?

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6 comments:

Kasey Hunt said...

Great idea. I'd like to incorporate something like this one of these years.

MelancholySmile said...

Now that I've started preparing for christmas a little earlier than the week of {a recent development, for sure!} I've become very excited about advent calendars. Yours is fantastic!

And I had no idea you grew up in Germany! I spent many years of my childhood in a german-themed tourist town called Leavenworth {in Washington State}. I worked in a cafe with some native Germans, celebrated all the German festivals-- we even erected a maypole every year! Your family certainly has Germanic coloring. Soooo cute.

Apis Melliflora said...

That is no Charlie Brown Tree now that you've beautified it. Classy calendar.

We still do the cardboard/chocolate versions. One for each child. And a tiny story book calendar with a book ornament per day retelling the story of Jesus' birth in child-friendly language.

The Queen Vee said...

I'm working on my little German glittered advent calendar. Actually it might have been one that you opened as a child. Love your idea and am amazed that you have been able to implement it with all that you have going on in your life.

Tobi said...

Good idea and beautiful tree!

Emily@notionsonnesting.com said...

What a great way to make a boring hat cute!