Every December, I have grand intentions to put together a creative Advent calendar for my kids. But then time gets the best of me, and before we know it Christmas has arrived--countdown or not!
I think a lot of people love the idea of an Advent calendar, but they're just not sure what gifts to put inside one. Small candies, little love notes, stickers and rubber stamps are a few quick suggestions.
An idea I think is brilliant, though, comes from the lifestyle Web site Babyccino Kids:
Mo, one of the writer-moms there, wrapped 24 Christmas-themed children's books in matching wrapping paper and numbered each one with a gift tag. Every evening in December, her kids reveal that night's book, read it together, and then head to bed knowing they're one day closer to Christmas.
I love the simplicity of it. You don't have to think about finding 24 different trinkets. You're not giving your kids junk. And you're building a family ritual the kids will remember forever.
If buying 24 books sounds a little, um, expensive, here are some tips:
- Buy secondhand books
- Check out library books and wrap them instead of buying (just be aware of due dates)
- Celebrate the 12 days leading up to Christmas instead of 24.
- Or follow Mo's advice: put away the Christmas books after the holidays pass and re-wrap the same ones year after year, perhaps adding one or two new ones each December as the kids mature.
Is anyone else as charmed by this as me? What's your family's Advent calendar tradition?
By the way, you'll see the list of books Mo wrapped up if you follow that link above.
Found via Ohdeedoh.
Photo courtesy of Babyccino Kids.