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Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Advent Calendar

This year Matt and I wanted to try our hands at making an Advent Calendar. Since December 1st is this Sunday, I thought I would share how ours turned out. 

{All of this cost less than $10} 

Matt and I came up with a list of ideas to do throughout the month. We did a mixture of fun activities, service, and spiritual related themes for our calendar. We wanted to have a good mixture so we would stay interested in our calendar. 

Then we wrote the ideas on a piece of index paper. We kept the supplies really simple because we didn't want to spend a ton of money on something that would be gone in a month. 

We put the slips of paper inside the red envelopes, and then numbered each envelope. Because we love sweets, we also put two small pieces of chocolate in each envelope. 

We put the envelopes in our tree for the display. You could do so many things to display your calendar. We were thinking of getting string or twine and hanging them from the wall with clothes pins, but the tree thing was cheap and easy. 

 I am really happy with the way our Advent Calendar came together. This was so simple and only took about an hour to put together. 

Here is a list of our daily Advent Activities: 
1. Write Christmas letters to our family
2. Read "The Gift of the Magi"
3. Family Game Night
4. Watch "A Gift to the World
5. Read Luke Ch. 10:25-37 
6. Watch The Santa Clause 
7. Go see Christmas lights in Seoul
8. Watch First Presidency broadcast
9. Read an Ensign Talk 
10. Hot Chocolate and Watch "The Coat
11. Make Peppermint Bark
12. Gift packages for the Ward missionaries
13. Watch Elf 
14. Visit Lotte World
15. Make Ritz cookie treats
16. Read "Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit" 
17. Read 3 Nephi 17:5-24
18. Make an Ornament
19. Write a 'Time Capsule' letter
20. Play in the snow (backup- breakfast in bed)
21. Go ice skating
22. Make sugar cookies
23. Read "The Best Christmas Ever" 
24. Watch A Christmas Story
25. Read Luke Ch. 2 


  1. This is so cute! Love that there's an activity to go with each day!

    1. Thanks Donna we are excited to see how it goes this month.

  2. Such a great idea! Also a good way to make sure you get to do all of the fun holiday activities before its too late.

    1. Thanks Jess. We figured we should make the most out of living in Korea, so we made this calendar up.

  3. This is such a cute idea! I'm definitely going to have to try something like this with my hubs!

    1. Elizabeth- I hope you do! I'd love to see what you come up with.


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