I want Christmas to be just as magical for my own children as it was for me, and so I find myself following the same traditions that my mother and grandmother laid out for me all those years ago. When our oldest was little the calendar just held chocolate coins wrapped in gold paper, one for each day of December. As he got older I added a gift just on the 4 days of Advent ... a little car, a plastic animal. One year I took a tube of plastic knights and dragons and wrapped one for each day of the month. Some years it's chocolates, some years a combination of a treat and a small gift. There are families who write out 24 lists of things to do as a family to enjoy the season - things like watching a movie together in their pj's, having a snowball fight, singing carols by candlelight ... there are some who wrap up holiday themed books for the family to read together, one for each day of the month. That's the beauty of it, whatever you choose to do is just perfect. (Although to be fair, how does anything compete with chocolate !)
Here are a few beautiful and easy to make calendars I found online via Pinterest ... usually I try to use my own images only on this blog, but hopefully the owners will be happy to share ... all photos are linked to their original websites.
Image 1: From La-Petite Cuisine via Pinterest
Image 2: From Desire Empire via Pinterest
Image 3: From Hometalk.com via Pinterest
Image 4: Frydogdesign via Pinterest
For us, Advent means a family breakfast with the table set. A fresh wreath, four candles. The little touches that make for a special morning. The children are already counting sleeps until their calendars go up.
Happy Advent !