Today I wanted to bring you some holiday cheer as I join my friend Michelle from Dandelion Patina and 9 other friends to share some pretty amazing & FREE Christmas printables.
I love the idea of an advent calendar and in years past I’ve tried all different kinds of them with our kids, from activity-centered ones to chocolate ones to the Lego ones. But honestly, none of those have really sat right with me. The activity centered ones were a fun idea, but they became too much to keep up with and I didn’t like buying pre-made ones (like the Lego ones) because it felt like unnecessary spending at an already fiscally tight time of year. And I just felt like we were missing the point of Advent with all of them.
We put so much pressure on ourselves in today’s society to keep up with all of the amazing things we see people making and doing on social media that we often forget what’s really important. Advent isn’t about how many holiday activities we can cram into the month or how many treats we can give our kids. It isn’t about stressing ourselves out over having the picture-perfect decorations or putting ourselves down for not being as crafty as Martha Stewart.
It’s about spiritually preparing ourselves for the celebration of our Savior’s birth and preparing our hearts for His second coming. It’s about worship, anticipation, hope, joy and love.
So we have scaled back this year and are keeping everything simple so that we can all focus on the true meaning of Christmas.Our Advent calendar is made up of simple tags, where the kids can remove one each day as we countdown to Jesus’ birth.After I made the tags, I attached them with small clothespins from Hobby Lobby to the chicken wire frame I made last year.Even though it’s super simple, my kids love it and look forward to removing a tag every morning.If you’re looking to simplify this year too, I made my Advent tags into a printable for you. Just print them off (click on the link below)on cardstock, cut them out, and hang anywhere!
Advent Countdown Tags – Printable
If you’re looking for more simple ways to deck your halls for Christmas, some of my wonderful blogging friends are also sharing some super cute FREE printables today!
Christmas Tree Farm via The Little Glass Jar
Nordic Christmas Movie Quotes via Blesser House
Merry & Bright via Cherished Bliss
Vintage Inspired Merry Christmas via Live Laugh Rowe
Red truck with Christmas Tree Gift Tags via Everyday Enchanting
Christmas Greeting Cards via Paint Me Pink
Advent Calendar Tags via Meadow Lake Road
Merry & Bright Deer via Home Remedies Rx
Buffalo Check Gift Tags via Hawthorne & Main
Christmas Cheer Free Printable via Dandelion Patina