Advent to Remember

by | DIY, Holidays

No matter how you wrap it, December just gets busy. We are a musician family and in a typical year, we spend many, many December evenings in rehearsals or productions…creating the Christmas spirit for others. For years, I’ve had great intentions of consistently creating Advent memories for our family, a way to focus our hearts and minds on the Gift of Christmas.

Last year, an idea finally came to me and it is our new favorite Christmas tradition! I made simple DIY Advent boxes (housed perfectly in my vintage French postal sorter). Each morning before we headed off to school, work, and other activities, we took five minutes to read the Advent verse for the day and open our box.

I had fun coming up with little gifts, activities, notes, and treats for our kids and it was a happy way to start our December days, even amidst a busy month.

It made me smile to open up the tote with our simple DIY Advent boxes.  I was excited to set them up and start filling them…and we have three excited kiddos who are ready for December 1st to arrive!

To create this inexpensive DIY, I ordered 6″ kraft boxes. Using a Sharpie, I numbered the boxes from 1-25. After assembly, I arranged them on the vintage postal sorter in our back living room. I love the simplicity of the kraft boxes, but you could use any kind of box or container from the craft store! Carefully storing the boxes, we will be able to use them year after year!

The simple style of the boxes can become a beautiful part of your Christmas décor too, as they blend perfectly with the farmhouse look.  What’s better than functional décor?  You can use these to style up a favorite cubby, bookshelf, or stage them on a console with vintage books to give variety of height.


Here is a list of some of the items I put in the boxes last year, a few I want to do this year, and some great suggestions from some of YOU from Instagram this week:

    • Note for a random act of kindness day where we do something as a family for someone else
    • A few personal items, like lotion and Native products (Code: “ROBYNH” – Save 20% off your first order plus free shipping!)
    • Hand sanitizer key chains
    • Lippy Clip holders for lip balm
    • Nail polish
    • Mini LEGO packs
    • Coupon for a break from a chore
    • Special sweet treat for a school snack
    • Small art supplies
    • Craft supplies
    • Mechanical pencils
    • Card game
    • Coupon for events and activities:
    • Pjs, hot cocoa, and driving to look at Christmas lights
    • Drive-through Nativity
    • Favorite dinner spot on an unexpected night
    • Ice cream cones
    • Christmas baking
    • Cute hair clips and scrunchies
    • DIY ornaments
    • Stickers/decals for water bottles
    • Microwave popcorn for a movie night
    • Mini flashlight
    • Small gift card to craft store
    • Mini puzzles

I need to keep adding to my list, so a trip to some dollar stores and the Target Dollar Spot is in my future!  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section, too!

So while December looks a little different this year, we will celebrate with joy.  Remember our Christmas theme this year?  Comfort & Joy!


I hope this gives you an idea of another way to bring the Christmas sparkle and magic into your home this season!



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