Normally, I don’t like to talk too much about Advent and Christmas before Thanksgiving. I love having space between my holidays. So, here’s my one true Advent/Christmas post.
Every year we do an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. For whatever reason, even though I hate giving the kids candy, I never get around to making much of the Advent calendar. I simply go to Trader Joe’s and buy their Advent calendars. The kids open each day after dinner. The 4 year old manages to eat all his chocolate in the calendar by the 4th day.
Not this time.
Elf on the Shelf
This past weekend, I bought The Elf on the Shelf with the help of 2 Hallmark Rewards coupons and a Hallmark coupon I found in the latest issue of Martha Stewart. The idea behind Elf on the Shelf is that kids look for him each day doing something new while he keeps an eye on them for Santa.
Blossom and Bunkhouse has 101 ideas for our Elf to do this Christmas, as does Jersey Family Fun. Surely, I can find 24 ideas. I’ve already decided that Day 1 will be the Big Breakfast where my kids meet their Elf on the Shelf and name him. My teenager will be drafted to create the crazy ideas and help me implement them since he’s a night owl. I may have to send the Elf to Boot Camp the week before Advent just to make sure he’s ready for his BIG JOB.
Advent Activity Calendar
My friend Carrie of Making Lemonade came up with this simple and stunning photo Advent Calendar complete with activities for her kids to do each day. One of the beauties of the calendar is its flexibility. If the day turns rainy, she can switch out the activity for an inside one, and the kids are none the wiser.
All Things Simple has a great list of activities for the calendar which she put on cards that get tucked into a Tree Advent Calendar with pockets. Blog con Queso has a super simple Advent Calendar complete with ideas for encouraging giving back.
I think my ultimate calendar will look something like Blog con Queso’s. I’ll pick up small blank envelopes from Staples, number them, and use clothespins to hang them from a ribbon in the dining room. Inside will be hand-written index cards with activities for each day.
Sometimes simple is best when making memories.
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