Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I always wanted one of these...

I have forever wanted an advent countdown thingymagig.

But I couldn't force myself to pay the $40 + for one. Either that tells you how frugal I am, or how broke I usually am. You be the judge.

This was the one I have been eyeing at target for quite some time...

I still couldn't force myself to put it in the cart the other day, so I began searching for ideas to make my own advent countdown thingymagig.

And this is what I came up with...

The girls and I folded and made envelopes out of scrapbook paper. We used a lot of scrapbook paper leftovers I already had.

We then used hodge podge (wow, I'm using a lot of made up words in this post, aren't I?) scrapbook stickers to create numbers on each little envelope.

We then placed inside each envelope a bible verse leading up to the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. We also placed a family activity inside each envelope. Some are for fun; some are things for us to do as a family; some are things for us to do for others.

Some of the activities we will be doing:
Dollar movie night
Donating food to a local shelter
Building forts in the basement
Baking cookies for a neighbor
Spending the day without electricity
Watching "It's a Wonderful Life" together

We are all looking forward to December 1st so we can count down to Christmas!
And the total cost was $4.75!


Chris said...

WOW ! Great idea !!!
Congratulation. :)

Renee said...

I love it! I have been wanting one of these forever, somewhere I just saw one with little origami cups strung up with a treat in each, which was cute too. I like the idea of using scrapbook paper.

My problem is coming up with enough activities for inside.

Larsons said...

What a wonderful,creative and inspiring idea! You are so blested ! You uplift! mom