Truth be told – our children haven’t really gotten into the advent calendar thing until now. We’ve had some sweet calendars – traditional picture ones, and ones with little books instead of chocolates. But they’ve never really been interested (we have a couple of book calendars from previous years where only a couple of days are actually opened).
This year we debated getting them like lego calendars or something that they would be sure to get excited about. But it bums me out a bit to spend so much money on mostly plastic crap. So in the end we bought the calendar that I shared a couple of weeks ago from Granit, and I’m excited about filling it with mostly activities to make this holiday season extra magical for our littles.
Below I’ll share a bit about how we set it up and what we’re planning to fill it with.
Our calendar was easy to “make”. Sumit bought one of the last ones they had in the store and brought it home the other night. Then I simply stamped the numbers 1-24 on the front of each little drawer.
Here’s what we are filling our calendar with:
Activities: Things like writing a letter to santa, making a wish list, making cinnamon ornaments, decorating mini gingerbread houses, going to see a Christmas movie, wooden ornaments to paint, a new Christmas book to read together before bed
Little treats and trinkets: A gingerbread cookie for desert, candy, little packs of lego, arts & craft supplies, little trinkets like costume jewellery, dress-up accessories, shleich animals, little cars, temporary tattoos (we love Tattly and Tattyoo)
The “drawers” in this calendar are teeny tiny so most days the children get a little note that I’ve written on a piece of brown paper, rolled up and tied with red ribbon. The note either says where to go to find the gift, like “On the big sofa you’ll find something that we can read together before bed tonight” or it just says what the activity is, like “Let’s make cinnamon Christmas tree ornaments after school today”. Other days I’ve included something small to represent the activity or gift – a small bag of snowflake sprinkles for decorating cookies, fake movie tickets, a wooden ornament, a cookie cutter.
It’s only day 5 and we’ve already had to scramble a little (thank goodness for a good stash of temporary tatts!), but the children are really excited about their calendar and about this season, and I like that we’re focused on doing things together and enjoying this time, instead of just buying useless little trinkets.
What kind of calendar do you have this year? If you’re DIYing, I’d LOVE to hear what you’re giving your children (I’m going to need some more ideas!).