A Stress-Free Advent Season

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Organize Advent Activities in Advance

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Advent is a special time for many families and the choices of how to celebrate and make this time meaningful are bursting up all over the internet as December 1st approaches. I shared our free Jesse Tree collection a couple of weeks ago, which is a great option for those of you looking for meaningful but simple.

We have used Truth in the Tinsel for the past two years and loved it. If you are looking for something new and haven’t done Truth in the Tinsel yet with your little ones, I highly recommend it! I even have a discount code for you {off of the eBook only, which is $7.99 regularly priced}. Use code: ONEPLUS to get 20% off!  

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Knowing my drop-out tendencies from years past, I knew I needed to prepare in advance and have a simple system.  This is the set up we used for the past two years, which has worked beautifully!  I even saved the bags and laminated numbers so it’s even easier now to set up!

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I got 24 brown paper bags, and put the supplies for each day {the small specific ones from Truth in the Tinsel} in each bag. Last year we used both Truth in the Tinsel and our Jesse Tree, so both were in each bag!  I used the printable numbers from this site, and laminated them so I could use them again next year.  I hung the bags up with thumb tacks on my bulletin board strips that we normally display the kids’ school work on.   It was a great way to remind me each day, and also to keep the kids excited!

Looking for simple but not into the Jesse Tree plan I shared?  You might like using just the printable ornaments for Truth in the Tinsel, they can be colored instead of putting together a craft each day!  Last year we did this and pulled out our crafts from the previous year each day.

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I saw an awesome idea shared recently, from Educating Laytons here.  Stef used Lego pieces to create Lego pieces to go along with Truth in the Tinsel!  If you have Lego fans, go check out her awesome ideas!

I have Truth in the Tinsel board where I pin helpful posts I find, as well as posts from our blog featuring us in action!

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Here’s Amanda’s Truth in the Tinsel Pinterest board to see even more ideas!  There’s also a Facebook page!


As December 1 gets closer and closer, I remember my motto for all of our Christmas fun activities ~ Mommy’s ATTITUDE matters way more than the ACTIVITIES.  This one simple phrase has really helped me stay focused on what really matters. In years past I would get totally stressed out and barely enjoy the moments I had worked so hard to prepare for my children. These past couple of years have been more peaceful and fun and for that I am thankful!

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