We took out our advent calendar and hung it up yesterday. The children were ecstatic--their mother less so. I'd like to make a new advent calendar, something sparkly and with more candy involved. Sounds like an easy sell to a bunch of kids, right? Oh no, my daughter started asking about advent activities before Halloween. I do love many of the things we do during advent, but around the 20th I run out of energy. If my kids weren't such sticklers for tradition, these are some of the advent calendars I might make:
Books! 24 christmas books! Looks awesome, but sounds expensive, right? All the books don't have to be new: use what you have, hit the thrift store, wrap a library book (why not?!). I think this is a great, simple, no-stress advent calendar. The kids get the excitement of opening a present each day and you all get to cozy up together on the couch every evening.
Many Christmas songs and traditions come from Germany, so why not an advent calendar too? All 24 of these sweet boxes are printed with a christmas scene or saying (in german). And they are available as a free download!
I love the idea of lighting a candle every night for advent. And I love even more the thought of having 25 candles burning for christmas dinner! Here is another advent calendar that uses tea lights and a tutorial for numbered luminaries.
Martha Stewart always makes office supplies look awesome. This would be a great advent calendar for flat gifts: stickers, temporary tattoos, coloring pages, more stickers, cards, other flat things.
Yes, this is an activity advent calendar, but it's free and printable and totally awesome! Plus Mr. Printable is a great site for (flat!) things to put in all these advent calendars too! Go check him out.
Delia from delia creates made this super huge! super fantastic! countdown to christmas advent calendar. Pop on over to her post to see this and so many more amazing christmas things she made.
Have you unearthed your advent calendar yet? Or are you making one? Or are you going the chocolate calendar route?