Do you use an advent calendar at your place? You know, the things where you countdown to Christmas? We had one when I was a kid and when we opened the flaps each day, it told the Christmas story. It didn’t matter that we had heard the story many, many times before, my brother, sister and I would fight for a turn to open the flap.
I wanted to do something similar with my children and create something that they will remember. Not a huge fan of the chocolate filled advent calendars commercially available, I decided to make my own.
I picked up a kit from the local craft store, some Christmas scrapbook paper, a bottle of Mod Podge, and set to work on the project I estimated to take me a few hours. 2 days, several calming glasses of wine and a meat mallet later (couldn’t find the hammer), I was finished. Well, finished enough for the kids to use it. As you can see, I still need to add the numbers on each box.
Elvis liked it so much that we found him hiding there one morning. Smart Elf!
While I’m happy with how it looks, we all know that the magic of an advent calendar lies with what’s inside. Rather than do treats or candies, our advent calendar is filled with fun daily activities. The girls wake up each morning with anticipation of what adventure is waiting for them in that day’s box.
For instance, as I type this tonight my girls are camping out in the living room and sleeping next to the Christmas tree. Last night, we had dress ups at dinner which meant that I, Mrs. Claus, had a dinner date with a ballerina and an LSU cheerleader. Tomorrow we are making red and green play dough. But, their favorite thing so far was last Sunday when we had a Christmas scavenger hunt.
Want to see what else is on my “FUN List”, as I call it? Here are some of the activities we will be enjoying in the lead up to Christmas.
- Christmas movie night
- Walk around the neighborhood and look at Christmas lights
- Santa Photos
- Make a Christmas ornament
- Buy gifts for the Wishing Tree
- Make a nativity with toilet paper rolls
- Go see the Christmas tree at Martin Place
- Breakfast for dinner
- Make Christmas gifts for teachers
- Dessert before dinner
They are only young and caught up in the magic of the season for such a short time, and I want to make the most of it. Truth is, I’m not sure who is having more fun, me or them.
Tell me, dear reader, what are your favorite childhood Christmas memories?