Making this brought be back to my childhood! I use to make this every year and my impatience to get to the last ring was as bad then as it is now. Cindy isn't old enough to help with making the rings so this year I made it myself and starting tomorrow we will pull off one ring at a time.
I got this poem from a MOPs meeting I went to last year where they shared different ways to bring Christ back to Christmas. I love what the rhyme says and want to read it every night. I want Cindy to grow up knowing that the reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus was born to be the savior of the world. Not the presents or all the other stuff.
The colors aren't that festive but I think it turned out okay. I do love the yarn star though! Another thing you can do with this simple advent is to write a verse on each ring. Each ring telling a little more about the story of His birth until you get to the last one. I plan on doing that with her next year when she understands it more.
There are so many other Advent ideas out there! Another one we are going to do this year is the 25 books until Christmas. I surprisingly have a hefty lot from my teaching days. Check out Dana's post on this. She also gives a great list of Christmas books!
I have already started my advent book wishlist for next year. Hoping to replace some of the okay ones from our collection now. It is a family tradition of ours [one my hubby and I started our first Christmas married] to read the Nativity story after breakfast before opening gifts. This is a great way to continue the tradition with Boo Bear. Each morning we will read one book and on Christmas morning we will read a book telling the story of His birth. I ordered The Christmas Story for the last book. I haven't read it yet but it got good reviews. Will let you know when it comes in!
But I think her favorite Advent will of course be the candy. Being guaranteed a piece of chocolate everyday is a kids dream come true. Thanks Titi!
We are keeping it simple this year. A book after breakfast, candy after lunch, and taking a ring off before bed. The countdown starts tomorrow! Are you planning on doing an advent calendar this year?