So I'm a little behind with my Christmas Advent Calendar. I'd had this idea (or something similar) a while ago but since it required purchasing 24 books (we only owned 1 Christmas book before starting) it took a little while to find an affordable way to do this. FINALLY this week Dollar Tree got Christmas books. And even better...some of them came in a two-pack! Woo hoo! Fifty cent books baby! *Ahem* Sorry. Let me stifle my inner book nerd and regain my composure.
Anyway, Dollar Tree finally getting Christmas books was a huge relief since even the books at my local Goodwill were more than I wanted to pay.
So what did I do with them?
I have 24 different books or small presents wrapped and numbered under a small tree in the corner. I could not find 24 books I liked, so I do have some small presents like bubbles, coloring books and markers for 6 of the items. Next year I'm hoping to have all books (Christmas clearance shopping here I come!).
So we get to open one present a day and after Christmas, we can pack them all books up to reuse next year.
What about the gift wrap?
The gifts themselves are representative of the gift that God gave us when he sent us His son to live amongst us and save us from ourselves
I used plain brown paper wrapping to represent the humble way in which the Christ child came into the world. Despite being a person of great value, He was born in a plain, humble way: In a manger and without fanfare or glitz
I adorned the humble packages with scarlet yarn. Scarlet yarn is talked about a lot in the Bible for the building of the tabernacle. When God gave instructions for how to build the Tabernacle, he had the artisans use scarlet and other colors typically reserved for royalty. So how fitting, then, to tie in the scarlet as we celebrate the time when God came to Earth to dwell (literally: "Tabernacle") amongst his people?
I wrapped the yarn in a different way for each package:
Here's my budget breakdown:
- Christmas Tree- On Hand (from our first Christmas)
- Tree Skirt - On Hand (just draped a red tablecloth around the base)
- 24 books / presents - $12 (from the Dollar Tree)
(you could also do this for free or supplement the books you already own by getting some from the library)
- Brown Wrapping Paper - $1 (from Dollar Tree in shipping supplies section)
- Scarlet Yarn - On Hand (although I did see some at the Dollar Tree while I was there
Total Advent Tree Cost: $13
(not too bad considering I can keep re-using the books and tree)
Credit where credit is due:
I love giving shout outs to the people who inspired me even if my stuff ended up totally different from theirs. So...thanks to KatherineMaries.com for sharing the great idea to use books to countdown to advent and Jessica from Mad in Crafts who is also doing beautiful scarlet Christmas decorations, though from a different chunk of scripture.
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