I procrastinate everything, which is why we are starting our countdown to Christmas at 20 days rather than the classic 25.
But really, who says it has to be 25? I say even a 5 day countdown is better than no countdown at all....right?? So if you still haven't got around to finding or making an advent calendar this year......fear not!
This one took me less than an hour (and I watched tv while doing it--bonus points for multitasking), and it cost dolalrs--dollars!
What you'll need:
-Cardstock/Paper to make tiny envelopes.
-Tiny clothespins (I got a pack of 30 at Hobby Lobby for $2something.)
-Your wildest imagination to come up with activities to fill the envelopes
To make envelopes:
Cut paper into various sizes of squares.
Fold opposite corners in so they touch.
Fold up the bottom, and glue it to the sides you folded in (keep the glue on the edges as not to glue the envelope shut)
Fold the point under, fold the top down.
Number your clothespins, and attach them to the string, counting downward.
For some of my paper, I googled vintage Christmas wrap, and just printed out a few sheets so I had a variety of envelope designs.
Some ideas for inside each envelope (which I fill right before the kids open it, so I can make sure I'm prepared:)
-watch a Christmas movie together
-read a scripture about the birth of our Savior
-read a Christmas book
-go look at Christmas lights
-sing a Christmas song
-make a gingerbread house
.....all things we were planning on doing anyway....this just makes it a fun surprise for the kids!
This calendar only counts down to two days left, and on the final day I have a large envelope, with an extra large clothespin, and they'll get they're Christmas Eve jammies.