our thrifty & easy advent calendar

the gifts are wrapped & the mantel is decorated with stockings hung & oh so festive looking (two stockings for each of our dogs - don't get any ideas, people!). it's that cozy time of year when we spend more of our time in than out.

as an adult, i've grown to love this time of year. as a farmer & farmer's wife, i see my husband more. win, win. 

perhaps i should have shared my thrifty advent calendar idea way back in november. but as it (always) goes, december 1st crept up on us & by december 4th i finally got the brilliant idea to whip this up.

it's simple & cost me nothing. store this little idea away or heck! jump on the bandwagon & celebrate the last week before christmas with this fun idea. 

i spent the late evening making this advent calendar with a hot cup of cocoa in hand. i glanced at our calendar for the month & wrote down meaningful activities for each day, including "eat chocolate!" & "buy a stranger coffee."

we've loosely followed our calendar, allowing some traditions & moments to happen a little earlier or later than planned. 

once you've written on all of your tags, attach them with ribbon or clothespins to a string. hang your string of tags in your family living space!

what are some fun advent activities you enjoy doing? how do you celebrate advent? i'd love to read!



Natalie @ Being Mrs. Olson said...

I love this simple idea! I, too, am really bad about posting holiday themed blogs when the holiday is nearly over. Oops! I hope you have a happy Friday!

Jen said...

I have mommy guilt about not doing an Advent something. But, I like your attitude that it's not too late to do some things (especially if it's acts of service) in these last few days. Thank you for the reminder.

Caitlin said...

I did something similar a couple of years ago. I made this Purl Bee advent calendar: http://www.purlbee.com/2008/11/20/embroidered-felt-advent-calendar/ (with cheap acrylic felt from the craft store, not nice wool felt like they used) and in each pocket I put a little note with the date and a free or low-cost activity. Some are related to Christmas tasks and I use them as a reminder (such as to start wrapping presents before Christmas Eve!). Some are little reminders to slow down and enjoy the season, such as having a cup of cocoa with a friend. Some other activities including going for a walk in the brisk winter air, finding the all-Christmas-music radio station, mailing Christmas cards, making an ornament for a friend, and buying a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Eleanor said...

I think the most beautiful advent calendars are simple and practical! Would you be willing to share what the activity for each day is? It's always fun see other people's ideas (and it helps me fill in some gaps on mine)! Thank you so much!

Lys said...

I love the simplicity of this. Do you just turn them over as the days pass? Leave them alone? I'm sure either one looks great, just curious if you're using it to mark each day as it passes or not.

I would also be really interested in seeing more of the activities you included!!

Heather said...

I love this idea, Natalie!

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