Friday, December 9, 2011

Homemade Christmas Gifts Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Homemade Christmas Gifts Blog Hop hosted by Carla from Racin' Crafts.
This is a short Hop today with 7 crafty ladies with some great ideas.   Make sure you check out everyone's creations!
And- stop back tomorrow to see some more handmade gift ideas!

My Homemade Gift is for the Christmas season- not just Christmas day.

It is an Advent Calendar.

From the outside it looks like a book.

When you open the front cover, you see:

We have never had an Advent Calendar so I thought this would be a great way to teach my girls the story of Jesus' birth.  Each box of the calendar contains a Bible passage that tells a little bit of the story, and each night they read the new passage and we discuss it as a family.  Oh-- and there's candy and other goodies in each box too!  Talk about motivation to get ready for bed each night!!

Thanks for letting me share a bit of our new Christmas tradition with all of you.

Since I mentioned candy--- I have a little to share with one lucky follower.
And since it's Christmas time, it's just going to have to be a surprise!  No peeking!

Your next stop is Barbara.

Here is the whole line up:
1. Carla-
2. Erin -
3. JulieK-
4.  Barbara B-
5.  Lynda -
6. Ashley -
7. Gina -


  1. Really cute advent calendar. Yum candy.
    DIANA L.

  2. What a cool idea!
    New follower!


  3. It looks like something you would buy at a designer boutique!Excellent job,TFS.

  4. OMGosh!!!! This is out-stinking-standing. I super love how you made it look like a book.

    Be Blessed, Beckie

  5. I need to make one of these! You did a great job!

  6. I love this advent calendar Julie! Would love to see a tutorial on how you did this. My youngest is 14 now so we don't really do advent calendars at my house anymore but this would be such a great gift for somebody else! Thanks for sharing :)

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  7. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for sharing your beautiful Advent Calendar. I love it, it's beautiful and it has a very important meaning.

  8. WOW!!! This turned out awesome Julie!
    Sherrie K

  9. Julie, what a great idea. Very creative and love that the girls are so enthusiastic. Great job!

    Happy Holidays!
    Dee B

  10. This is great! I love that you added bible verses, great idea!

  11. Very cool! I never grew up with an advent calendar, but my cousins did. I was always jealous because I thought they were so cool! I love this one. It looks fabulous!

  12. Omg Julie! This is awesome!!

  13. I love that!! a way to teach and countdown and not lose focus! beautiful calendar!

  14. this is so pretty the idea for this one


  15. I'm in love with this advent calendar. Love the papers and the colors.

  16. Too cute! A fabulous idea as well as a gift and decoration.

  17. what a great idea for an advent calendar. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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