Add a rustic touch to your Christmas home decor with a natural advent calender. This easy homemade Christmas countdown calendar uses stones or rocks as an easy way to countdown to Christmas.
Countdown to Christmas with this easy DIY advent calendar! An advent calendar with a Nativity scene can provide a great way to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Make a stone Christmas countdown calendar with children at home or in the classroom, and use them as a fun and easy way to countdown to Christmas… no candy or gifts necessary!
DIY Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown
Advent means ‘coming’ in Latin and it represents the coming of baby Jesus into the world. This homemade advent calendar is designed to be used to count down to Christmas, or, the coming of Christ.
My daughter has always had a thing for rocks. Our fall nature table has become littered with them!
When I saw THIS advent nature table by Explore and Express I knew it was perfect for my daughter so I decided to give it a try.
Christmas Advent Countdown Calendar Supplies
If you can not find any rocks that will work, try another natural object such as raw gemstones, pebbles, shells, pinecones or acorns. Or, try rainbow blocks, lego bricks, or toy cars. Any material that is not likely to perish will work.
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To make this Christmas Countdown Calendar You will Need:
- 24 stones or other items that can be used to countdown to Christmas.
- Nativity stable with a nativity scene (optional)
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How to Countdown to Christmas with a Stone Advent Calendar
- Layout 24 rocks or stones in a straight or curved line across a table, shelf, or windowsill.
- Place a nativity stable with the holy family nativity scene at one end of the line of stones. (optional)
- Use the stones to countdown to Christmas starting on the first of December.
- Simply take away one rock per day until the last stone is removed on Christmas Eve.
Stone Advent Calendar Step by Step Directions
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Step 1 – Layout 24 stones or rocks to create a Christmas countdown
Layout 24 rocks or stones in a straight or curved line across a table, shelf, or windowsill. Spirals and also circles work well and would be equally gorgeous!
Step 2 – Add Wise Men (optional)
Step 3 – Create a Nativity Scene (optional)
Place Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus into the Nativity scene at the end of the stone Christmas countdown.
Be sure to pop over to have a look at our easy wooden peg doll holy family nativity scene tutorial. There you can find directions for making a simple walnut shell manger.
Step 4 – Countdown to Christmas
Remove one stone each day from the advent calendar in order to countdown to Christmas.
Beginning on December 1st, remove one stone per day until the last stone is removed on Christmas Eve.
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That’s it! Quick and easy right? I knew you’d love it! 🙂
Make sure you have a look at 27 Christmas traditions for a magical holiday for even more fun ideas!
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