I just love the holiday season! Our stockings are hanging from the mantle, and my cherished German decorations are out – a Raucher (smoker), Nussknacker (nutcracker), and Pyramid. And of course today – December 1st – I put out my precious advent calendar. My mother made it out of felt when I was just a little girl. In fact, I can’t remember a Christmas when it wasn’t hanging on the wall.
Aleksander is still much too young to appreciate all of these special decorations. And I can’t believe it, but I’m not even sure if we’ll put up a Christmas tree this year! I just don’t think Aleksander could resist the temptation of it! I’m thinking of putting out a little tree on a table instead and maybe hanging some boughs between the posts that separate our living and dining rooms. Then at least I can also hang some of my favorite ornaments.
I also just finished creating an advent calendar craft project. No, it isn’t for Aleksander, of course! It’s for my school students. But I thought I’d share it here.
The kids make a chain with strips of paper (6″ x 1.25″) and tear off one paper link each day. The chain hangs from the main page (cut along the dotted lines at the bottom to attach the first link). I set it up so that there are vocab words on the back of each link, and kids fill in the word that goes with the picture on the main page. To print the words, use 12×12 scrapbooking paper cut in half (to make it 6×12), then cut into 1.25″ strips. I’ve attached both documents you’ll need below. You can also just use colored paper without any words. I hope that all makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions!
(I just found a mistake in the chain vocab. It’s been corrected and updated as of 12/4. But if you printed before, note the article for Zuckerstange is “die”. Entschuldigung!)