Advent Calendars!

So on the topic of Christmas traditions…

We got our Advent Calendar going yesterday! I love Advent Calendars.

I remember only having one as a kid. It wasn’t something that we traditionally did, but that one wonderful year of the Advent Calendar always stayed with me. I can still clearly remember the thrill of opening up all of those little doors… (And no, Mom, I am not writing that so you will feel bad for not doing it every Christmas! You baked Animal Cookies every year, and I do not. It all balances out!)

I decided an Advent Calendar was a tradition we needed to start in our little family.

We used to buy the chocolate-filled calendars at Superstore, but a few years ago, I found this beauty at Winner’s:

Actually, I don’t really like how it looks. I wanted to paint it, and make it fit our holiday decor a bit better, but the thought of painting all of those little doors was a bit daunting, so I’ve decided to just leave it alone.

Anyway. It’s what’s inside that counts, right? 🙂

Other years, I filled it with treats to eat, but this year, I decided to fill it with slips of paper. Each one has some kind of Christmas activity or tradition for us to do every day.

Curious what they say? Here’s my list:

1. Read our Advent storybook.

2. Make a wreath, and read about why we decorate with wreaths.

3. Set up the Christmas tree!

4. Get out our Nativity Scene.

5. Buy a new Christmas CD.

6. Make paper snowflakes.

7. Bake Christmas cookies.

8. Write Christmas cards.

9. Decorate a gingerbread house.

10. Choose an item to buy from the Compassion Christmas Catalogue.

11. Watch a Christmas movie.

12. Learn about the true story of Santa.

13. Decorate sugar cookies.

14. Go Christmas shopping for your sister!

15. Make a snowman craft.

16. Have a hot chocolate party.

17. Make pink popcorn.

18. Act out the Christmas story.

19. Wrap presents.

20. Read Christmas books.

21. Make roasted Christmas nuts.

22. Have our family Christmas.

23. Go tubesliding.

24. Go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas.

25. Go to other Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas!

Maybe I’ll stick some treats in for Christmas day.

There are so many fantastic ideas out there for Advent Calendars. If I were a little bit more motivated, here are some of the ideas I would love to try:

Snowflake Christmas Countdown (Simple As That)

Clothesline Advent Calendar (The Anderson Crew)

25 Little Boxes (Dear Lizzy)

In the meantime, my very simple version will work just fine!

And let me just add that although this may look like I have my Christmas act together, and it may seem as though we will bond over these activities in “perfect family” form, I have already been given a reality check: Kaylia screamed through half of the Advent storybook yesterday, because she was sick and grumpy, wanted to read Curious George instead. (Which we did, afterwards.) So there you go. You can plan all you want, but it doesn’t always turn out the way you pictured it…. But it’s good to keep trying, anyway!

Have any Advent traditions you’d care to share?

3 thoughts on “Advent Calendars!

  1. I saw one of those advent boxes last year for $5. at superstore after Christmas. I am kicking myself this year for not buying it! So much more fun that the cheap chocolate advent calendars! Crossing fingers that they’ll have them on sale after Christmas this year! I love your ideas! This year we have a cute stuffed Christmas Tree where you put one ornament on each day until Christmas. It’s cute, but not as meaningful. Oh well. Thankfully my kids are still young enough that we can “tweak” our family traditions. 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment, Juls! I think what you wrote about “tweaking” family traditions is a very good thought – I feel like I have needed a few years to “experiment”, and figure out what works for our family. I’m still working on it, and Anika’s eight already! But I think that as important as traditions are, they need to have the flexibility to change, as kids also grow and change. So good luck with your tweaking! 🙂

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