Make an Advent Box for Kids to Open on 1st Dec

Make an Advent Box for children to explore in the run-up to Christmas. Each gift in the box reflects part of the Christmas Story reminding us of the real reason for the season. A great gift to make & share with relatives & friends.

Several years ago we made an Advent Box to explore in the run-up to Christmas & it's now become a family tradition in our house. Every year on 1st December we unwrap the contents as we prepare to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. It's a lovely way to slowly start our preparations & encourages us to slow down a little & ponder too.

Our Advent Box has been popular with young relatives & friends over the years. This year I wanted to create an Advent Box that we could send to them, so we've been out & about collecting a range of goodies each one carrying with it a special message. Our original Advent Box was fairly big as it had to hold our large wooden Nativity Set along with all the other items, but these gift boxes (slightly smaller than a shoebox) are an ideal size to contain everything.

 Each Advent Box contains:

:: A Wooden Angel Ornament to decorate - A reminder of the part the Angels played in the Nativity Story. 

:: Candy Cane Pencil - Have you ever noticed that a candy cane is the same shape as a Shepherd's crook. The Shepherds were the first visitors to the stable & the first people to spread the Good News of Jesus birth.

:: White Origami Star to colour & decorate - A reminder of the Christmas star that shone so brightly over the stable in Bethlehem.

:: Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter - A heart to remind you of God's love. Why not use this cutter to make some cookies to share with those you love this Christmas

:: Nativity Figure - There were lots of different people in the Nativity Story, each playing their part in welcoming Jesus. See if you can find where this figure first appeared in the Nativity Story.

:: Advent Candle - A light to share with your family as you count down the days to Christmas. 

:: Cuddly Santa - A reminder of St Nicholas, another special person who gave gifts to people. He lived hundreds of years ago & was a kind generous person who helped others. Did you know that St Nicholas Day is on December 6th? Why not celebrate it by doing something kind for someone else.

:: Gold Coins - A reminder of the 3 Wise Men & their 3 gifts of Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh.
Why not give one of your coins to a friend as a gift.

:: Wooden Christmas Tree - Take a look at the branches on a real Christmas tree. Have you ever noticed how they point up to heaven? Hang this up somewhere to remind you that you are loved so much & are very special to many people.

We added a little tag to the items to explain the meaning behind each gift & then popped them in the Advent Box ready to wrap up for 1st December. The gifts we used came from a range of stores including TigerIkea & Lakeland

We have used the original Advent Box for many years now & even though we know what it contains (& we're a little older than before) the excitement of rediscovering its treasured contents is still the same when we open it on December 1st.  I'm hoping the Advent Boxes we've made this week will spark just as much excitement & joy for the children who receive them. 

Looking for more Advent ideas? Take a look at Advent Crafts & Activities