Thursday, December 1, 2011

Counting Down the Days! Paper Chain Christmas Tree and Advent Calendar

I wanted to make a paper chain for my children this year. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and quickly put one together for each of the kids while they hung the ornaments on the tree. We've already torn off the first chain (which would be between the 2 bottom chains). You can see a full one here - I just looked at her picture while assembling.

Another very special, not-new tradition is our Advent Calendar.
I found this one a couple of years ago at Lowe's, during after-Christmas sales. It's heavy cardboard and was purty I covered it with scrapbook papers. I've got my eye on an unfinished wooden one at A.C. Moore, and hope to snag that after Christmas this year! I'll paint and snazz it up, and that one should last a bit better than this one is.

Each box has 2 pieces of candy and a Bible verse pertaining to the Lord Jesus' birth (both Old Testament prophecy and New Testament accounts, ending with Romans 10:9-10,13) that we read as a family each night as part of our family Bible time. 

What special family traditions do you keep during Christmas?

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