Christmas Symbols Advent

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It’s day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. Have you been following? I hope so. There are so many great ideas that have been shared. Be sure to go to the bottom of this post to see what the other bloggers are talking about. Today’s theme is all about Advents and I’m sharing my ideas for a Christmas Symbol Advent.

Christmas Tree Advent


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Did you know that many of the things you see at Christmas came about because of the origins of this holiday and the ways we celebrate. I thought it would be fun to come up with an advent that talked about these Holiday symbols and their meanings.

Here’s what I did:

I made 24 boxes that will have a different ornament in each that represents a symbol of Christmas. Along with the ornaments are strips of paper that have the origin/definition of the symbol. If you make your own advent you can print your own (See the printable below.). I also put some candy in them to make them extra fun. Once the box is open and the ornament talked about you can place that ornament on the tree. Pretty soon the tree will fill up with 24 unique ornaments.

(Another option would be doing enough boxes for the 12 Days of Christmas instead of 24.)

Christmas Symbols Advent Supplies


Crafting Supplies

  • Paper Mache Boxes
  • Christmas Paper (I used Echo Park My Favorite Christmas collection.)
  • Washi Tape (Echo Park My Favorite Christmas collection)
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Number Stickers (Kaisercraft)
  • Scallop Circle Punch
  • Ornaments (I found most of mine at Dollar Tree and Walmart.)
  • Printable Symbol Pages


Christmas Symbols Advent Instructions


Making an Advent Tree

  • Cut the paper into long strips that will fit your paper mache boxes. Adhere them to the bottom of your box with Mod Podge.
  • Using the lid as a pattern trace circles on your paper. Adhere them to the lid.
  • Punch out scallop circles for each box. If you’d like to add a mat to the back of the scallop circle either punch a bigger circle or find something to make a pattern with. Glue them together like shown and add your numbers (I brushed Mod Podge on the numbers before attaching just to make sure they stay. Attach these circles to the front of the paper mache box making sure this is enough room for the lid.
  • Attach the tape around the rim of the lid. I also brushed Mod Podge on the rim under the tape to make sure it sticks.
  • Once the boxes are dry add your tree ornaments with the corresponding symbol definitions. If you’d like you could add a goodie, too. Set the boxes into a tree shape by stacking them. On December 1st the number 1 box will be opened and the ornament put on the tree. At that point discuss the symbol. One box will be opened each day until December 24th.

Christmas Advent

Christmas Ornaments

This is going to be so fun to have this year. I’m looking forward to seeing the tree fill up with ornaments. I hope you will make your own.

Here is the free printable of the Christmas Symbols.


Symbols of Christmas 

Symbols of Christmas Advent


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Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Adorable boxes and I really like this idea. Anytime to play with paper is good!

  2. What a fun way to teach kids about all the symbols of Christmas!

  3. This is a fun and meaningful advent calendar idea! Love how you learn a little something and decorate your tree at the same time.

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