Holiday Advent Idea

Okay, so I know I’m cutting it close. Real close. I mean, TODAY is December 1st. But, late last night I pulled out my old handmade advent pocket calendar and hung it on the wall. The details sort of astonished me, and took me back to a time (that I can barely recall) that I could sit and hand stitch felt decorations for endless hours. It was a time (about four years ago) when the only kid in my house was inside my belly, tiny as a Christmas orange.

I don’t think this advent tree is really reflective of my current decoration style, but I am happy to have made it, and can’t wait to put it to use this year. Every year since I made it, I’ve filled the pockets with different things. The first year was holiday stories,  the next candy. One year we wrote something we were grateful for each day and put it INTO the pocket, and then last year we came up with a bunch of simple service ideas that could be done on short notice. That was the most fun of all.  But, since Dave was in school, we left for Utah as soon as his finals were over mid-December, and never finished the advent.

 This year, we’re sticking around for the Holidays, and I had a great time this morning quickly coming up with 24 holiday advent ideas. Half (the red ones) are small acts of service, the other half (green) are simple, festive activities. I whipped them into a printable Holiday Advent PDF in case you’re in the same time crunch as I and need some wind in your advent calendar sails (nah, you had your calendar up and filled with surprises the day after Halloween, right?!)

Simply print the PDF, cut around the 24 different ideas, and start enjoying a magical Christmas season! If you don’t have an old pocket advent to stuff them into, try sticking them into a mason jar and pulling one out each morning, hanging them up with clothespins on a string,  putting one each in twenty four numbered envelopes and taping them to the wall, or any other number of bazillion advent ideas. Or go for the lowest maintenance possible and just cross off one each day with a pen.

Really, the possibilities are endless. Here’s to a fun-filled December. You’re welcome:)


  1. Lindsay
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, That is such a cute idea. I have the calendar but from PB and i have been neglecting putting treats/toys in my kids don’t need any. So I absolutely love this idea!!!! Thankyou for sharing.

    • Miranda
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      You’re very welcome. I felt the same about treats/toys this year. Hope you enjoy!

  2. chelsea
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Miranda- this looks great! I love the new site. Look at you, all big and fancy now! I hope it continues to grow for you, you are so good at ALL you do! So… does this mean it won’t show up in my google reader anymore? I’m confused about that. xoxo friend.

    • Miranda
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks dear! I feel like it is so much more fun to browse, too.

      The rss feed has been redirected to this new blog, so it should show up just like before in your reader. Let me know if not, and I’ll look into it.
      For people who aren’t yet subscribed to my blog on Reader can click the little RSS feed button (between the Facebook and Pinterest buttons) and sign up.


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