This year we are incorporating a little sparkle into our advent calendar.
I was first inspired by This pretty that I found on Pinterest.
Dare I say, I think ours turned out even better?
Here is what we did.
My handy husband took 6 boards and connected them for me.
Then came my job, to make it pretty. I stained it a nice dark walnut color and added 24 small nails.
Onto those nails I hung 24 pretty ornaments that coordinated.
I decided to add another level to the simple ornament advent. Behind each ornament there is a circle with a word on it. That is the word that we discuss for the day. Here are a few examples: Love, Peace, Joy, Fulfillment, Spirit, Charity, Gift. Each day we will discuss the word, different meanings of it, how it is present in our lives and how it is relevant at Christmas time. This will be a great vocabulary building excercise for Lucas who is now 2 1/2. For Ezra I am hoping we can help him understand a little more what Christmas is about and how these words are present in our lives everyday.
They we will hang these pretty little guys on a special tree (or two) day by day.