If there’s anything kids love at Christmas time (ok, they love EVERYTHING at Christmas time), it’s an advent calendar. And really, why have just one? At our house, there’s a chart for tracking who is in charge of which calendar each day in December.
Everyone has their own grocery store $1 model, complete with those waxy little chocolates (but it’s labeled “rich milk chocolate” so the kids think it must be good). We also have a cute one my mom bought us years ago — there’s a little felt Christmas item to tuck in a different tiny stocking each day. And also a playmobil one where you add an object to a holiday scene each day.
The above-pictured ones, which I don’t own, are both really cute, and a little too expensive, in my opinion. Also, the pocket or drawer styles require you to fill them with goodies each year, so extra work.
A new thing I’m trying this year (a friend gave me this idea years ago) is that each night in December, we unwrap one of our Christmas books or videos — yep, we have collected enough Christmas stories and movies to last 23 days — and read it or watch it. I felt a little sad last year when I was putting Christmas away and realized we hadn’t even read all of our Christmas books. A little cheap, leftover Christmas wrap and we’ll read them all for sure. [Aside: What else do you think this method would work for? What if I gift-wrapped the windex and paper towels to motivate chore-doing? Or maybe some carrots for a healthy snack?]
Watch for advent calendars on sale at the end of the season. Manufactured, or made up yourself, they’re a little bit of fun for every day of the holiday season.