Advent Box - for young children to explore during December

We have many traditions at Christmas time, some have come from our childhood, & others we're creating with Minnie each year. This Advent Box is a tradition we started with Minnie last year. It's not packed with loads of Christmas decorations, tinsel & sparkles, instead it's filled with a variety of items for us to explore in the run-up to Christmas

Last year Minnie painted a cardboard box & decorated it independently using stickers & sections of recycled gift wrap.

Once it was dry we filled it with our Advent decorations, Nativity figures & crib scene, & packed it away ready for the beginning of Advent this year.

Minnie had forgotten all about this box until we brought it out on Saturday. To say she was excited is an understatement! She eagerly delved into the box & discovered all it's hidden treasures.

Inside we had:
A star - to remind us of the journey of the three wise men, the shepherds & of course Mary & Joseph 
Nativity figures - to decorate our Nativity Tree
Wooden crib set & figures - to interact & play with the Nativity characters & explore the Nativity story.
Bethlehem Small World Play Scene with wooden figures (which we made last year) - again a great way to explore the story.
Advent decorations (Angels) - to encourage us to think about the part they played in the Nativity story
Advent lights - The first of our festive lights that remind us of Jesus (the light of the world) bringing light to the darkness
St Nicholas (playmobil figure) - to remind us of the origins of Santa Claus & why we celebrate St. Nicholas Day on 6th December
A star candle holder for our Advent candle - helping us countdown the days to Christmas Day
A book - The First Noel by Jan Pienkowski. A beautiful book which folds out into the shape of a star & tells the story of the Nativity. It's so stunning we have it on display as a decoration throughout Advent & Christmas.

This Advent box has been a great way to start our preparations for Christmas, & the items will help us explore the real reason for the season. 

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