Growing up, we always had an Advent calendar. Something to help us count down the days until and prepare for Christmas. Last year, my husband made a paper chain with my oldest son to use as a countdown to Christmas. Each day, Jack reveled in being able to tear a piece of the chain away and see how much closer we were drawing to the big day.
As I was thinking about that over the last few weeks, I thought it would be fun to add a meaningful activity for each day. You know . . . something printed on each link to make it even more special. Some of them are just for fun and some teach an important lesson.
When I was finished, I thought, "Why not share this with everyone?!"
The download below is double sided . . . the pages 2 - 7 have the paper chain links with patterned Christmas designs on them. Pages 8 - 13 are designed to be printed on the back side. There are pre-filled ideas for each day, but every link is COMPLETELY EDITABLE! Decide which ones work for you and change the ones that don't!
When they're printed, you can trim them and assemble the paper chain. So simple and easy.
Enjoy this calendar! My hope is that it serves as a way to keep your children involved throughout the entire season and that it helps shift the focus of the holidays from receiving to giving.
Click here to download the printable Advent paper chain.