How to Make a Christ-Centered Advent Calendar

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Are you looking for an alternative to a candy-filled Advent calendar? Are you looking for a way to remember to true meaning of Christmas throughout the month of December? Yes? You’ve come to the right spot!

I’ve seen religious Advent calendars with a Bible verse each day, but my kids are too little to read. I came up with this idea to prepare the bed for Jesus’ birth by putting one piece of hay in the bed each day. On Christmas, Jesus will have a nice plush bed of hay!

Even the littlest hearts can prepare for Jesus with this Christ centered Advent calendar.

I found the Advent calendar in the Dollar Spot at Target for $3. Here’s a garland or a tree that would also work for this project.

I picked up all of the other supplies from Walmart, including: doll with bathtub, raffia, and spray paint. Unfortunately, the doll and tub is only available in stores. If I can find a similar product, I’ll come back and update the post. This particular doll is great because the clothes come completely off and it is just a plain baby. It is also a great size (5 inches). I used a plain baby washcloth as the swaddle. For the cradle, I removed the faucet from the tub and spray painted the tub gold. It makes the perfect bed for baby Jesus!

I cut small pieces of raffia (about 5-6 inches each) and tucked one piece in each pocket on the Advent calendar.

Each day, add a piece of hay to the cradle. It is a physical reminder that Advent is about preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ. On Christmas morning, add the swaddled baby Jesus!

Happy Advent!