yes, that's right--two posts in one day.
ella and i made our advent calendar this afternoon! we used only materials we had at home--some envelopes that i had saved from bills (since we pay online, we don't use them), some magazines, and the advertising circulars from the sunday paper.
we cut the envelopes in half and closed the flaps, making little pockets. then we cut out red and green bits from the magazines, and cut out numbers from the ads. we pasted them all on, then we hung the envelopes on a piece of yarn on the mantel.
inside each envelope i put a piece of paper that has a short passage from the bible and a little treat to go with each one. the list of bible passages and treats came from a website that my friend julie found at a really cool website called danielle's place.
of course ella opened the first envelope tonight--the treat was a quarter, and she gave it to the child she is sponsoring thru save the children pal, mylene, which is in keeping with today's bible--mark 12:41-44--the widow's mite.
if you prefer, you could make this advent calendar and instead of bible passages you could put in ideas for advent activities such as "ride around looking at christmas lights" or "paint our nails red and green" or any other activity that you think your family would enjoy. or of course you could just do the right thing and just put in chocolates. :D