Advent calendar

Today, on the first day of December, I finished the Advent calendar. I’ve been wanting to get or make a reusable one for several years and just haven’t made up my mind about it until now.

Inspired by several on Etsy, I decided to go for a muffin tin version — you use magnets to cover the 24 openings on a mini-muffin tin.

I made the circles with cardstock and scrapbooking paper, plastic holly leaves, wooden stars, and stickers. Used adhesive magnet sheets for the backings.

My Creative Memories circle cutter made the work easier and more consistent, although I need a new red blade after cutting the magnets.

Inside, smaller circles have a little picture and Scripture references on the back for Advent readings — each one has an OT passage and a related NT passage. Here’s Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:18-23.

Next is “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,” and the bit in Mark 1 about Jesus beginning to preach the gospel — gospel means “good news.”

Three coats of Mod-Podge matte on the magnets. I didn’t bother coating the readings because I might want to use different ones each year.

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4 thoughts on “Advent calendar

  1. Thank you both!

    Amy was all excited to start this evening. She thought we were going to open them all tonight, though. She barely listened to the Bible readings. Gotta remember Charlotte Mason — just read, don’t lecture. When she’s interested, she’ll pay attention, and it can’t be forced.

    The little drawings were somewhat an afterthought, but I think they’ll be a little help as a hook into each story.

    Tomorrow I might try to make time to plan out better how to introduce and go through the reading. Or I might just read it and be done with it.

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