I’ve been running Advent Workshops going on 10 years now, I’ve collected so many Advent and Christmas resources and ideas that, if a community ever decides to give me the reigns for a couple of years I’d be at a loss for where to start…
Last year my community started Advent by creating our own Advent Calendars, I put the kits together using Christmas cards, cardboard, reflections from other calendars I’ve received from Alternativity.co.uk and Proost.co.uk and friends like Mark Pierson over the years, I also put some rituals and practices together myself.
It was a great way for us as a community to start to think about how we individually and corporately prepare for Christmas.
Each participant was given:
- 25 x A6 pieces of cardboard (that’s A4 quartered)
- 1 x Christmas card (has to be larger than A6)
- Sheets of reflections & rituals Advent Calendar Rituals & Reflections (pdf download)
- Sheets of the Christmas story as told by Luke Christmas According to Luke (pdf download)
- Decoration / craft material (include old christmas cards, images of the nativity, christmas craft material)
- Textas, Crayons
Cut the Christmas Card in half along the fold, use a hole punch to punch two holes in the card on one side, use the hole punch on the A6 card also, you use the ribbon to tie the book together, see the images below, (allow for some “give” in the ribbon as you tie it, this way the book shall open easier). You can then use the downloadable bible readings &/or rituals (see above) and the paint and craft material to design your own calendar.
We allowed an entire hour to put these together but most people needed more, probably an hour and a half.
I decided to make a few for friends and family and took a bit more time to design theirs, it makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift.
Another idea, if you’re not up for making your own is to download the beautiful calendar by Si Smith from proost.co.uk and have it printed into a little hand book (I used the Apple print products feature in Aperture) it makes a beautiful little gift or pocket calendar (I carried mine around with me all last Advent)