A Family Commitment and Advent Calendar …{ A Mini Tutorial}


Advent Calendar
Last Christmas, I set out to make teaching my children about the birth of Christ my main priority and focus. I wanted to celebrate Advent with my girls in a way that would be fun and thoughtful so a whimsical advent calendar was on the top of my to-do list.
family advent calendar
First, I sewed 25 drawstring bags using fun and girly colors ( I love having two girls!) and then tied them to a string with cute ribbon and a numbered charm.
Each day of December I filled the bag with a little treat. Some days I would include a bible verse, some days a fun activity, and then others I would put some small chocolates (their absolute favorite). There are so many ideas out there if you google Advent calendars. They eagerly awaited the next day and what the mystery bag would hold and I loved sharing the story of the birth of Christ in such a fun way. On Christmas morning their last treat bag was the baby Jesus ( from our Little People nativity set) and we sat down to talk about the greatest gift that we will ever receive.
I am once again committed to keeping our family focused on the birth of Christ this year. Will you join me?

advent calendar





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Trish Flake

Author/Co-Owner at Uncommon Designs
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  1. I live this idea!! It is such a great idea. Fabulous!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this! Every year I have these great intentions too….

  3. I grew up with a Nativity advent that I loved, and have been too lazy to make for my own family. I love this idea, too.

    I’m also all about Christ during Christmas. I get alot of flack from people for not encouraging my girls to believe in Santa. But I tell them, “I’m not anti-Santa. I’m pro-Christ!”

  4. Such a pretty sewn banner !

  5. what a cute idea! I’d love for you to link this up to our holiday link up party!

  6. I LOVE this!! wonderful idea

  7. What a cute idea!

  8. Just curious.. how did you make those cute little bags? did you follow a tutorial somewhere?

  9. Great idea. You can re-use them every year and put different things in them as you family changes. Drawstring bags are pretty easy too. Thanks. I am definitely going to try and keep our family Christ-centered.

  10. Adorable! They could be used to countdown anything exciting – birthdays, holidays, vacations. They are so sweet. Your colors remind me of the vintage Sugar Plum decorations. So sweet.

  11. What fun!!! I love that!

  12. I love this – especially the colors!

  13. pk @ Room Remix says:

    I always love seeing the different ideas for advent calendars, and this one is really cute!

  14. onerunningmum.com says:

    yes I too am wondering what your pattern was! I love this idea!

  15. Hey guys! Thanks for all of the sweet comments. There is a great tutorial on Skip To My Lou… htTrish @ Uncommon

  16. Good for you – it will make the season so much more special!

  17. Yeah! Love it! Thanks for sharing!


  18. Anonymous says:

    Nice! thanks!

  19. What a wonderful idea and seems so simply. Very effective too. Cheers SpecialK XoXo


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