I have had make an advent calendar on my to-do list for a couple weeks now, yesterday I realized I better get a'crackin' because the countdown begins tomorrow! I love having an advent calendar for the sake of tradition, especially for my children. It's always those long standing traditions I look back on with the fondest of memories. It can also be a lovely decoration as well. Check out these links links to some of my favorite advent calendars here, here and here.
For this one I just printed out some date cards, used a date stamp, envelopes, a few wrapped up goodies and strung it all up on my wall. I filled the envelopes with chocolates, stickers, a couple of giftcards to the best book store ever, so that we could use them on an outing to go buy each other a book for christmas. I also included a few other little goodies; but I didn't fill each day with a gift, for some of the days I declared an activity to do later in the day, such as: drink hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows, or watch The Polar Express whilst eating popcorn balls. Others I placed an action that each of us could do for each other - like, leave a (nice) surprise for everyone under their pillow; say what you love most about yourself and everyone else in the room, or do something to help someone out that day. Personally I love giving and receiving with equal fervor and I want my kids to know the joy and value in both as well. It's a good exercise for me too! You can download the advent stars with numbers here and the advent circles with numbers here.
Have a happy weekend! xo