Easiest Advent Calendar.

Can someone please tell me where the last month disappeared to? Here we are the day before December first and perhaps like some of you, I have advent calendars on the brain.

Our family has a tradition of incorporating a simple yet fun family activity in our advent every year. This has helped us do those things that make the holiday season memorable like watching a favorite movie together or baking cookies and delivering to friends.

Last Christmas I attached these little red envelopes containing activities to a yarn wrapped wreath. The wreath didn't fare too well in our move so I started brewing a new plan.

One evening last week while wandering the craft store I happened upon these darling little tags and knew I had to use them.  To make our 2012 advent I simply removed the activity cards from the red envelopes, slipped them into the numbered hang tags and hung them on a birch branch my mother in law cut from the tree in her front yard.

This was exactly the kind of advent I needed to make this year. Something simple that took the least amount of effort as possible. Here are a few of my favorite DIY advent ideas this year:

-a modern branch advent
-kraft bags advent
-little village advent

Now that our advent calendar is complete + the tree has been chopped and decorated it's really beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I've spent the last few weeks getting my shopping done (both for Christmas and the new babe) and taking it easy. I'm still going on my long early morning walks (now with a slight waddle) and resting in the afternoons when I need it. I appreciate your kind notes checking in on us. We're all well and very much looking forward to meeting our newest little man.

See my list of Advent Calendar Activities from years past right here.


  1. Ack! Just saw this on Pinterest! I was scrambling yesterday trying to find something and never found what I was looking for. These are it! Perfect! I wonder if Michaels carries them? I don't mind waiting a few days if I can get them in town....Or I could always order them and use them next year. Thanks, though. I love them. and with the # already on them they are even better. :)

  2. Your blog is like a good book...it causes reflection and inspires. Thank you for sharing your talents. Merry Christmas!

  3. This is gorgeous! I made an advent calendar out of supplies from the Dollar Store today...Yours is much more chic:)

  4. aha! this is what i will do! thank you so much for the lovely idea. it is perfect and simple and just what I've been looking for.

  5. love that long branch! perfect shape! great job! :)

  6. Gorgeous!! ...A simple and beautiful idea that brings so much fun to the family. We started ours on Saturday and my girls are fascinated with the little surprises. :-)

  7. Yay! Thanks for sharing this. I looked and looked for the perfect thing this year and never quite found it. This is exactly the kind of simple yet lovely advent I was searching for. Here's to next year!

  8. This looks so perfectly simple, love it. I can't wait till my girl is old enough to do advent calendars, they were always my fav!

  9. I love the siplicity of your calendar! I've been wanting to make one for my 7 yo son, but haven't gotten around to it yet. We don't have a tradition of gifts/activities in our advent calendars in my family, just the old fashion kind with a pretty picture and perhaps a poem or rhyme behind each door. This one is ust perfect! And I love that you re-used the cards from last years calendar :) Thanks for sharing! And good luck with the baby on the way!!

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