This post is part of my ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. To see all posts in the series, click here.
Although I absolutely love the sights, sounds, and the true meaning behind the Christmas season, I have to admit that I do not always consider it the most wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is truly a holiday that I can get behind. I love Thanksgiving…the food, the family, and the simplicity behind this holiday. There are no gifts and low expectations. The Thanksgiving season of gratitude is one that I wish to carry forth with my kiddos throughout the year, not just until the clock strikes 12 on Thanksgiving night and the season of gifts and purchases ushers forth with a bang!
I am so excited to be participating in Life of a Homeschool Mom’s ABCs of Homeschooling Through The Holidays! I want my December to be different this year. I would love for it to be a month of gratitude, not so much a focus on a never-ending to-do list. This series is focusing on sharing ideas and resources with fellow homeschooling families to make the most out of the beauty of the Christmas season.
I signed up for a tricky letter of the alphabet, the letter Q! But I am so excited to share this idea with you for a Christmas Gratitude Advent Quilt. And, no, I will not be sewing because that is definitely not part of my skill set. This is a simple paper quilt that I made with my kids to display in our home this December!
Start out by discussing gratitude with your family. Make it a habit to talk about what you are thankful for every day. I recommend these books to get your younger family members to start thinking about gratitude.
- Christmas Scrapbook Paper
- Glitter Glue
- Tag-board cut into strips
To make the quilt, cut 25 three inch squares out of a variety of Christmas scrapbook paper. Arrange the squares in a grid form on your poster-board. Glue on the back of the squares along the sides and bottoms leaving the tops free to form 25 pockets. Use glitter glue to number the pockets 1-25.
Rather than just taking something from an advent calendar each day, I am going to work with my kids to think of what we are grateful for each day during the month of December. We will also try to think of ways that we can “pay-it forward” this month by giving to others. Each day, I will have them name something that they are thankful for. We will write these thoughts on strips of tag-board and slip them into the pockets. I know that we will enjoy reading through these at the end of the month, reflecting on our blessings.
Remember to be grateful during this holiday season, especially now that it is December!