Since tomorrow is December, I thought it was about time I put together an advent calendar. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, right? My kids would never forgive me if I didn’t have a Christmas countdown ready for them.

I bought these little bags at Hobby Lobby. They were 4/$1.00. I had the number stickers and paper already. The paper is shimmery, but you can’t really tell here.

I used a 1 3/4 ” punch to cut out the circles. Then I placed the countdown stickers on them.

I was sticking with my brown and green color scheme. I’ve been a little tempted to stray from it but I like the cohesiveness of it too much. I just used a glue stick to adhere the circles to the bags.

This is what’s going in the bags. Everyday there will be a paper with an activity on it and either a piece of candy or an ornament to hang on the tree. The activities include things like: make gingerbread house, visit Temple Square lights, write letters to Santa, read a Christmas book, make ornaments, Christmas craft, sledding, and so on.

I picked which day we would do which activity. It will be a surprise for the kids but I have them written in my day planner so I can be prepared.

I think the bags fit in well with my simple Christmas decor this year. The kids were so excited to see them up. And that’s what really matters most.

Do you have a Christmas Advent calendar? Are your kids as excited about it as mine are?

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I’m linking to these awesome blog parties:
Advent Calendars at Sassy Sites
Christmas Link Party at Someday Crafts
Weekend Blogging Reading at Serenity Now
Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal
Tutorials and Tips Link Party at Home Stories A2Z
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Look What I Made Linky Party at Creations by Kara

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Anna November 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Love it! What an easy and fun way to count down to Christmas. :) I especially love the last picture, I’m jealous of that chandelier!

Anna
http://www.askannamoseley.com

Carly {xoxo teacherista} December 1, 2011 at 5:23 am

What a wonderful idea and so smart to have everything on the planner already-I like your style :) I have always just done the chocolate Advent calendar, but I think it’s time for a change! Thanks for the inspiration!

Christa December 1, 2011 at 6:47 am

How simple and beautiful. I love it so much, I blogged about it on my blog.
http://controllingcraziness.blogspot.com/2011/12/advent-calendar.html
Thanks for sharing,
Christa

Sassy Sites! December 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I’m in love with those little bags that you got from Hobby Lobby! I’ve never seen them there before, but I’m going to check it out today! :) Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites today!

Michaela December 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Love this idea!! I’m all for things organized (: Found you from Serenity Now! xo

Samantha December 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Great idea- I am searching for things to put in our Advent calendar. I love your bags! Visiting from Serenity Now.

Natasha @ Keeping The Christmas Spirit Alive, 365 December 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Wow, what a great idea! I will have to remember this for next year-it sure beats those cardboard chocolates that my kids got from my mum!

I am hosting my 12 days of Christmas series at my blog and the first day was all about Advent. Please pop by if you have 5 minutes and perhaps link up this wonderful post/idea!

Best Christmas wishes,
Natasha.

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