Advent Calendar

by Catherine L. Osornio

Gather

stiff red felt (9-by-12-inch pieces)
ruler
scissors
Christmas cards
glue
pencil
adhesive-backed Velcro (3/4-by-18-inch piece)
stiff green felt (12-by-18-inch piece)
tube of fabric paint
adhesive-backed magnet strips
ribbon

Go

1. Using two sheets of red felt, cut out 25 squares that measure 2-by-2-inches.
2. Cut out 25 pictures from Christmas cards. Pictures should be slightly smaller than felt squares. Find a picture of Baby Jesus for Christmas Day.
3. Glue one picture on each felt square. (See image below.)
4. Cut 25 strips of Velcro, each about 1/2-inch long.
5. Evenly place all 25 squares, blank sides up, on green felt. Leave room for ribbon between each row.
6. Using the squares as a guide, remove the backing from the rough side of Velcro strips and stick them just above the center of each red square. (See image below.)
7. Remove backing from the fuzzy side of Velcro strips. Fold the strip over the top middle of each square. (See image below.)
8. Attach the squares to the Velcro on the green felt, blank sides up. Save the picture of Baby Jesus for the final square. Use the fabric paint tube to write the number 1 to 25 on the squares and the word Advent at the top of the calendar.
9. Glue a strip of Christmas ribbon above each row.
10. Attach magnet strips on back of calendar to hang on the refrigerator.
11. Starting December 1, pull up one square each day and turn it over to see the picture. Reattach it to Velcro with the picture facing out. Count down to Christmas and remember God's Gift: Jesus!

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This article first appeared in the December 2008 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Copyright © 2008 by Catherine L. Osornio. Used by permission. Photo © Ron Nickel.