Santa Beard Advent Calendar

27 Nov

A paper mache tree decorated with box ornaments!

When I was growing up, we never really did any kind of Advent calendar, except for maybe a paper chain or the cotton ball Santa beard that we brought home from school. Maybe that’s why I have had a recent interest in Advent calendars. In fact, I have a whole pin board full of fun ideas for them on Pinterest. A couple of years ago I even designed and made my own. I didn’t use it last year because I did the Christmas Adventure Box thing with the kids last year. I liked how each day had a special activity that helped tell the Biblical Christmas story, but I’ve already let the kids put out their nativity this year, which is a big part of that one. I actually got a really good clearance deal on the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar last year and bought a Lego Friendz one for Carly this year. I alternated days putting one mini set of Legos in each box so every other day they’ll each get to put together a little trinket, and that way I’ll have enough of them to do two years of Legos without having to buy more.

Last year I was going to wrap a Christmas book for each day too, but I got too busy and ended up just putting ours in a suitcase in the living room, which worked out well for us. Our Christmas LibraryWe’ll be doing that again this year too.

I have a Santa candy cane calendar that I got from the boy child’s school fundraiser this year, so each day they’ll get one of those (they don’t usually finish a candy cane if I let them eat it, so we’ll just decorate the tree with ours). I also found a cute paper chain that our elf, Christopher, will be bringing. It has the more spiritual spin to it, with scriptures for each day.

I still wanted to do one that was more activity based, but I know it’s hard to plan what day we’ll be able to do which activities, so I wanted it to be more flexible. That’s when I remembered those cotton ball Santa beards from my childhood. I thought, what if it had activities instead of numbers? Then it works more like a winter bucket list (I also have a thing for all the cute variations of seasonal bucket lists out there too!)

So I found this traditional Santa Beard here, erased the numbers, colored it in, and added some text. Feel free to download whichever version you like!

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One Response to “Santa Beard Advent Calendar”

  1. momentumofjoy November 27, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    This is adorable!

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