Using Advent Calendars To Instill Family Values This Holiday Season
The holidays are upon us, and with the Christmas count down approaching, what better opportunity to further instill our family values in our children. From young to old, this highly beloved and simple craft is an easy advent calendar that focuses on charity, family, and friends.
Do you remember cutting strips of paper, looping them together, just to unravel them one day at a time? Do you remember watching the strand get shorter and shorter with each passing day, getting closer to magical Christmas Day and all the ceremonious excitement that it brings?
Last year, I began the tradition of our advent calendar with my toddler—she was at a great age to do the simple craft and begin the conversation of holiday traditions. But instead of just a Christmas countdown, I decided to use the opportunity to focus on values that are important to us and those I wish to improve upon: charity, family, and friends.
I wanted to share with my toddler a month-long adventure in our family values, so on the backs of each strip, I listed a new activity we would do that day to celebrate our family values. During December, we had a family picnic under our Christmas tree, we made a ton of donations to charity (who my toddler daughter was then anxious to play with proclaiming that, “Charity has the best toys, Mama!”) and sent special packages to our far away friends.
And while now at three-years-old, she doesn’t remember every detail of our adventures last year—I do. We’ve established a tradition that we both create a foundation of memories on, and I love that they only further instill a sense of who we are as a family and what is important to us.
Advent calendars have been around a long time. They’re a treasured, simple craft that countless families before us have enjoyed. This holiday season, consider using your crafts and projects to further stress to your child who you are and who you wish them to become.
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