Growing up in Germany for several years, we celebrated some traditions that aren't as common in the US. One of them was the use of an Advent Calendar. Though I have noticed that the chocolate versions have since made their way into our stores. As a kid the Advent calendars really served more as a yummy count down to Christmas than any spiritual reminders of the season (my chocolate never quite made it all the way until Christmas, lol). I wanted to find a way to combine both the fun of a candy/chocolate calendar with the story of the birth of Christ.
My solution was a mini muffin pan calendar. The concept of the muffin pan is not my own, I have seen several others out there. One of my favorite parts about it is that is re-usable!
The muffin tin is made by Wilton and I got it at AC Moore last year. I also purchased a couple sheets of magnets there as well which became the covers for the holes. I cut squares of magnets to 2 1/4" square, sprayed them with adhesive and adhered paper I had cut to the same size. I have to say the spray adhesive was the way to go here. It was fast and relatively mess-free, no glue squeezing out the sides and it dried quickly. I used several papers from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly 8" paper pack.
As you can see by the close up, I stamped the numbers right onto the paper. I used some Karen Foster snap stamps that are no longer available, but there are lots of number stamps out there. My magnets were on the thin side and I was afraid too much bulk would cause them to slide off. I did experiment a bit with some matching Cosmo Cricket adhesive chipboard pieces. They were light enough so I added them on about half the squares.
It is the perfect size for a Hershey's kiss, some Starburst or gumballs. But along with the candy, I plan to print up scripture verses to tuck inside. Verses about the wise men, the angels and the various parts of the Christmas story. I may also include some friendly reminders about how they can serve others this season. You know...like "don't hit your brother" or "take out the trash without being asked".
Our family is looking at ways to get less sucked into the commercial aspects and be more focused on God's gift to us. It seems especially difficult this week as Black Friday seems to be all you hear and read about. Baby steps I guess.
In all, this project took less than 2 hours start to finish. Probably more like an hour. There is time left for you to make one for your own family. What a fun way to prepare your kids for Christmas!
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