Posted by: ourbakersdozen | November 6, 2016

How Many Days until Advent???

Can you believe it’s only 20 days until the first Sunday in Advent? If you don’t believe me – just go here and see for yourself! (Keep in mind once this date arrives this link will not work correctly anymore.)

Anyhoo – given Advent is so close I decided to link to a post, Advent and 7 Quick Takes that I wrote 2 years ago for Catholic Sistas, that was all about ways to celebrate Advent with your family.

Here is a little taste of what I wrote:

Quick Take onehow many days are there again until Christmas? One of my favorite ways of counting down till that ‘last big sleep’ is with what our family fondly calls the Advent Chain! There are so many variations you can do with this simple craft. We cut out several strips of paper – typically from purple and pink construction paper. However, if you don’t have that, no worries – just improvise. Use whatever scrap paper that’s lying around or grab a cheap pack of printing paper from a dollar store. Don’t even BREATH the words pink and purple if you go that route and your kids will be none the wiser! We typically make one chain per younger child so that every day of Advent EACH child can pull one loop off the chain. No arguing, errr, trying to remember whose turn it is. A nice twist to this activity is to have each child write something on each loop of the chain before you glue (or staple) the loops into a chain. They can write a sacrifice they are willing to make, a person or cause they want to offer their day up for, no sweets that day, etc.

One of the reasons that I like the idea of using a paper chain is that as the children watch their chain get shorter and shorter, we can remind them that we are getting closer and closer to the birth of the saviour who was born to save us from the bondage of sin.

The last thing that I enjoy about this chain is that it is completely adaptable to the number of days in Advent and if, for some reason, you start late (I heard that thunk as you fell down!)  – just adjust the chain to reflect the number of days left to count down to Christmas.”

If you enjoyed reading that post – please be sure to share it with others and if you have any great traditional ways that you use to celebrate Advent be sure share them below in the comments.

I will finish with a lovely vision of pink that was posted on my original blog, Mum2twelve.




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