let's talk about hannah for a sec, k?
hannah is one of my absolute favorite people.
she loves everyone, everyone loves her.
she's real, she's down to earth, and she's funny.
in fact, sometimes when i'm falling asleep, i'll remember a text she sent me from earlier in the day, and i get the silent giggles.
you know...the kind that you're holding in so your sleeping husband doesn't wake up.
anyway....i love what hannah is sharing today.
AND she's giving it away!!!!
don't you love katy's jolly holiday series?!
such a delightful way to get in the thanksgiving and christmas spirit.
today, we're in the christmas mood.
christmas is my most favorite holiday. it's what my life hangs on.
jesus coming to this world as a babe, all to redeem an undeserving wretch like myself? amazing grace.
as time draws near to celebrate the birth of our king, i think it's fun to countdown the days!
last year i threw together a little advent calendar to help my family countdown to christmas.
this year, i thought it'd be fun to make a simple one for you, too!
silver metallic paint pen
one inch scalloped paper punch
i punched twenty-five happy little circles from kraft cardstock.
i had a ton on hand, you could use any colors you like.
i wrote festive little numbers on each one with a super fun metallic paint marker.
i think it's fun to have a little activity for each day leading up to christmas.
you can get really creative here!
we love christmas movies and baking, so movies and cookie making are on mine.
other ideas we love:
reading the christmas story from the book of luke...and children's bibles
sing a christmas carol and research the story behind it
go out driving/walking to look at christmas lights
make christmas ornaments
take a christmas treat to a neighbor
decorate the christmas tree...
if you know me, you know about my deep love for washi tape.
to be honest, it's a bit tedious to cover these short, fatty clothespins, but totally worth it.
i mean, look how cute they are!
last year i used multiple styles of tape. for this one,
i chose this simple red and white striped because i loved it with the green ribbon.
another area to stretch your creative muscles is trinkets!
party favor sections and dollar bins are great places to pick things up.
i feel like they don't have to be some long lasting heirloom, you know?
it's ok if they get lost or tossed aside after a week.
the point really is to have a treat for the day. in my opinion, of course.
don't let me boss you around, but these are a few fun examples...
i have a little boy, so i probably won't be using a purple shimmery heart bracelet.
my son loves jingle bells, chocolate coins, chapstick, clips, dinosaurs...
a gift card is a fun idea...target has the cutest ones of all time!
you could make an activity for "shop for a family in need"
and use the giftcard to pick out gloves/hats/books/snacks together to wrap and give away!
you'll also want to keep in mind as you load your little baggies...the weight.
choose fairly light items, and spread them evenly throughout your calendar.
three yards of ribbon typically comes on a spool at the craft store. i used less than that.
how's that for measuring?
i chose green grosgrain(again, what i had on hand),
but use whatever colors you love or match your home, if you're into that sort of thing :)
lay your ribbon out and attach the filled bags with your covered clothepins.
i waited until now to attach the numbers.
listen. don't do that. it's way easier to attach them on empty bags.
your countdown is ready to be displayed on december 1st!
if you don't have space to hang it straight across anywhere, cut the ribbon.
hang it in two parts together, just as cute!
this is a super simple one. i think it's nice.
but you could decorate it further with an ornament on each end,
bells, a garland strung along with it...totally up to you.
happy christmas to you, darling scottyboy and katygirl readers!
and p.s. like i said. this one's for you.
i'm giving away this gently used - for this demonstration only - countdown calendar!
ribbon who knows how much exactly
25 covered clothespins
25 numbered glassine bags
25 blank papers, to fill in your own activities!
to enter, tell us something you love about christmas!
enter the giveaway, y'all!
or don't....because i want to win. :)
thank you hannah!
now go!!! enter!!!