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A Little Advent House


After seeing all these amazing advent ideas floating around Blogland I got all focused on doing something new. But the day after Thanksgiving when I pulled out our old Advent house I just smiled and knew I needed nothing else. 

1st & 2nd


3rd & 4th

Even with its ripped off / broken doors and it's bumps and bruises...it holds a lot of memories. We got this house 7 years ago for F's first Christmas. I had initially wanted to paint our family name on it, but I've yet to find the time in the hustle and bustle...perhaps this year...before it goes up in the attic again.

5th & 6th
7th & 8th

We usually fill the numbered doors with small treasures or notes with riddles to find larger gifts. This year many items came from an Advent Swap with Bits of Goodness.


8th led to this!

In the past I've struggled with making our Advent countdown more about the "spirit" of the season. I would try to include notes about giving, donating or community outreach. Now I just make that a part of our intention every day and keep the advent house a gift for my children.

9th & 10th


 12th (apparently I missed a photo of the 11th!)

We also celebrate a traditional "waldorf" Advent in the way of examining and celebrating the 4 kingdoms...

"The first light of Advent is the light of stone.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand."
-Rudolf Steiner
We add pieces from each kingdom to our Nature table this month...

Do you have any Advent traditions?

4 comments:

  1. Have you seen the cooperative board game Wildcraft ? A friend was showing her family enjoying it and I thought it would be something you would like. It teaches about herb identification and uses. I want it!
    http://www.learningherbs.com/wildcraft.html

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  2. What a lovely collection of gifts for your sweet kiddos:)) What is on the candy cane? It looks like a mouse from here..haha! ~ Barefoot Mama

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  3. So cute. I would love to make one for my babies...
    I love the acorn!!

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  4. Danielle - Yes, we love that game! We got it a few years ago... :)

    Barefoot - yup, a little mouse...so sweet.

    Kirsten - the acorns are fun, just wet felt a little ball and glue it to an acorn cap. Attach a string for a cute ornament.

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