I know I’m starting Christmas a little early here on my website! It’s ironic, because I actually have a strict “No Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving” rule around my house. But I want to give you some time to prep these advent calendars before December 1. So off we go…
I saw this awesome felt advent calendar on Pinterest last week and I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I love the idea of incorporating a constant reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem into a Christmas advent. But felt is not for me. So I made one with a similar concept but it’s easy to print on card stock. The road Mary and Joseph would have taken was probably about 92 miles and would have taken them four or five days to complete. There’s a great article here about The Road to Bethlehem with a lot more details. It would be easy to pair this advent calendar with the article for a killer FHE.
This page is meant to be printed on cardstock. I would probably choose kraft (a brown/cardboard color) but it would be great on red or white. Cut all the dotted lines you see above with an Xacto knife so the little “holy family” piece can slip into each slot as they take a step on their journey on every day of December until Christmas. Don’t let this stress you out: it took me literally 3 minutes. The slots are numbered to help keep you on track.
These are the “holy family” pieces. There are 18 per page, and you should also plan to print this on card stock, because the thicker paper will help your piece hold up for the month of December. You could easily laminate this whole project if you’re inclined. Note: You only need *one* of the pieces per advent calendar–I included 18 on one page so that you can have lots of extras if you’re creating this advent for a Primary class or for every person in your family. Ideally, you’d move the same Holy Family piece from Day 1 to Day 24.
Best wishes for a really lovely Thanksgiving!