Christmas Advent

Christmas Advent

Do you have traditions in your home?

A few growing up for me were to help light the Sweedish Angel chimes trying not to burn the Cupids, sitting on the couch next to my two sisters,  and listening to my dad  reading Luke 2.

My mom would always make a delicious meal with cookies as an evening treat. Then we would open our stockings on Christmas Eve. Some years (when we were on good terms with each other), my 2 sisters and I would all sleep in the same room. We would take turns  peaking out the window to watch dad bring in the hidden presents from the car.

After my husband and I got married, we didn’t really carry any traditions through. But then when we had kids, suddenly it was important to us again. With our boys 6 & 8, we now daily do 4 advent calendars (3 routinely that is) with them and our boys just love it! 


This Advent Calendar is always my boys favorite. Each day you open a window, and put together a mini build.


Jingle is an interactive stuffed dog who barks and sings.  It comes with the reading of two movies online,  book series, and a countdown ornament book. We read the daily snippet, and my boys hang the ornament on the wooden slat tree my husband made. 


 I painted a card stock holder from Hobby Lobby and painted numbers on each drawer.  The clay Christmas tree is courtesy of my 8yr old who said day 25 just looked boring!  I put 2 pieces of candy in for each day. 

What traditions do you love holding onto in your home and what makes them special to you? 

Wishing you a very Merry and peaceful Christmas to you and yours this year! 

Blessings,  Joy


Advent & Traditions

Advent & Traditions

With Christmas upon us, most people who have children  have gotten out their advent calendars already. Most people are now 6 days in to counting down to the big 25th, or becoming more nervous because they are not done Christmas shopping yet (I would think that is most people : )). Are you done yet? This snowman advent calendar is so cute from Potterybarnkids!
However, growing up, my sisters and I looked forward to always opening up a new “window” daily on one of these paper type advent calendars. These three are available HERE for only about $4.50 each.

One blog I really have enjoyed looking at frequently is Mayamade. I absolutely fell in LOVE with this advent calendar that she made for nearly “free” out of saved toilet paper tubes! I started to make this myself to feature on here, but quickly ran out of time. So, with permission, Maya allowed me to share her photos with you. Thank you, Maya!

Isn’t it beautiful? Go HERE to see how she made this 2010 countdown calendar.
This is her toilet roll advent calendar made in 2009. Go HERE to see how to make this one. My second favorite! What a great craft to do with your kids!
And Maya’s creative one made in 2008! See it HERE! Could you think of another way to use toilet paper tubes to create your own advent calendar? I’m thinking next year, Steven and I will definitely start this yearly tradition with Nathan. So excited!
One tradition my parents started with us when we were little was always lighting the Sweedish Angel Chimes on Christmas Eve, while my Dad read Luke 2 to us from the Bible. Some of my favorite memories! As adults, they have gifted each of us girls with an Angel Chime Set of our own to continue the tradition, and I love it! You can buy yours HERE, or just go take a look at the short video of how they work.
Around here, about 99% of presents are completed and wrapped. Nathan & I are not really counting down to Christmas, but instead, to days left until our Beloved Steven (Husband/Daddy) comes home to us! I absolutely couldn’t be more excited! It will just be a short visit, but I plan on making every day count!
Due to this wonderful news, my blog will be taking about a 2-3 week Christmas “vacation.” So, Thank you to all of my wonderful friends and faithful followers! I love you all! Your encouragements really keep me going!
Merry Christmas to you ALL!!!