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nicoleseitler
11-25-2011, 05:36 PM
I've never done an advent calendar, but I know that they are super popular. :yeshuh: Tell me more about them! What's the fun in having one?

hollyinjapan
11-25-2011, 05:47 PM
I think its just the fun of opening a little something - whether it be just a little window on a paper calendar or a drawer with a little ornament in - every day. Its like a miniature Christmas every day.

I like the ones that actually have a story behind each day. Like an ornament for a Jesse Tree with the story behind that day's particular ornament, etc. I think its a bit late in the year to try and make one from now, but if you could find one already put together...

Nathalie
11-25-2011, 06:07 PM
The kids just love to count the days till Christmas, I love watching the kids open their "door". We have one they received as a present many years ago. It has all sorts of Christmas songs. Huby built a shelve in a tree form where we put little presents with numbers on. Some chocolates, some stickers, a stamp, a body tattoo, and a book on the 5th, a shirt on the 24th.

Ramona
11-25-2011, 06:07 PM
I have always been obsessed with advent calendars and have several that I put up each year! This year, I'm making a digital version of this one:

http://media-cdn.pinterest.com/upload/273734483570611373_6tw3kohp_c.jpg

On each card, I have planned out an activity for that day, things like the kids choir performances, driving around to see lights, writing letters to Santa, Taking a hayride and seeing a light show, visiting a live nativity, etc. This way we can hopefully make each day count in December!!

designergirlscraps
11-25-2011, 06:48 PM
i never had one at home growing up. we had a calendar, with a little mouse that we moved from pocket to pocket, to count down the days (mom still puts it up, and we're 21 and 26). but when my uncle and aunt got married, the first christmas, they sent my brother and i one that had different chocolate treats in each box.

i think the fun of it is that it's something little to open/do each day. i love the idea of activities like ramona said! i've seen LOADS of examples on pinterest. i love how many different ideas there are. when i have kids, someday, i can't wait to do little things like that with them.

inkspots
11-25-2011, 07:03 PM
You are my hero Ramona! I had all intentions of making that one too, but sadly never got around to it. Maybe next year.

This year, the boys both have Lego advent calendars. They've had them for the past few years now and LOVE them. Such a fun treat to get a little Lego gift every day. Growing up, we used to have the ones with the chocolate.

Ramona
11-25-2011, 08:09 PM
Advent calendars are invaluable for our family because of our autistic son. He struggles with understanding time and waiting. For example, we had our first snow last Saturday. He was convinced (complete with total meltdown and everything) that it meant Santa was coming that day and we had to put the tree out, etc. So, by having something that he can visually see and count down, it helps him understand the concept more. We did one for Halloween too. I made it from digital scrapbook products too!

MariKoegelenberg
11-25-2011, 09:31 PM
We only started doing advent calendars about 3 years ago and I must say Chrismari loves doing them. I include fun activities that are also a bit educational...she has such a hard time writing but some of the activities we had were write a letter to santa, make a wish list, write letters to family back home and write christmas cards etc. even her teacher noted how her handwriting improved over this period.

I also added some activities like making ornaments, baking cookies, drinking hot chocolate under the tree in PJ's, reading from the Bible the real story of why we are celebrating this special event etc. it can be anything we do everyday but with that special twist of Christmas. It is just something really fun and it gets us into the spirit. Also make it as simple as possible...KWIM? Shoot for easy activities that will not be too labor intensive...yes you can do cookies from scratch but even the cookie mixes works wonders and the kids love it so that is most important?

To be honest my favorite memory is of Chrismari running to the calendar each morning to see what we would do for the day...the pure excitement! ;)

YvetteSanders
11-25-2011, 10:07 PM
We've done them for years, last year when DS could read we had an elf (not the shelf one, that thing is creepy lol) leave him notes and little gifts - he had to read the note to find the gift. Other years we've done the Lego ones, His favourite one was little gift bags hidden in the tree (with numbers on them). This year I think we'll go back to the gift in the tree, maybe with hints on where to find things. I usually get him Christmas books, Lego, art supplies and candies with a few other little toys thrown in.

teachermom_Rach
11-25-2011, 10:34 PM
We had one when I was a kid...St. Nick visited each night and left a small candy or toy for each of us. My parents used it kind of like the Elf on a Shelf things. I do the same with my kids, and tell Maggie that St. Nick watches and reports to Santa. This year I am doing it a little different, in that on the 1st Maggie will get a small tree from St. Nick (can't change that tradition without raising red flags!), and an ornament or decoration for the tree each day leading up to Christmas. I know I probably could have gotten away with one more year without doing it for my son (who will be 2 in January), but decided I would start it this year, with a Little People Nativity Scene...so he will get a new piece each night (while he's sleeping). Next year I want to do a nativity for Maggie too, but she REALLY wanted her own tree this year...2 birds with 1 stone!

Chel
11-25-2011, 11:45 PM
Advent calendars are invaluable for our family because of our autistic son. He struggles with understanding time and waiting. For example, we had our first snow last Saturday. He was convinced (complete with total meltdown and everything) that it meant Santa was coming that day and we had to put the tree out, etc. So, by having something that he can visually see and count down, it helps him understand the concept more. We did one for Halloween too. I made it from digital scrapbook products too!

OMG! I was about to say something to this effect - my son is also probably on the spectrum (still on a waiting list for testing).. We got Nik a Lego Advent calendar this year so that he will be able to see each day as it gets closer. His birthday is the 7th but he says that we are going to just skip it and go to Christmas!

Ramona
11-25-2011, 11:46 PM
So nice to know we aren't alone in these things, huh! How cute that he wants to skip his birthday and just hurry along to Christmas!

HeatherB
11-26-2011, 01:20 AM
We love the Lego advent calendars because you get a little mini-build each day. And this year they have a Star Wars-themed advent calendar!!

judet
11-26-2011, 03:54 AM
I've always done advent calendars. Or candles - went through a advent candle phase as a teenager. It's really difficult to find ones that aren't a misshapen lump of chocolate for each day though. I made one last year which the girls loved but kind of fell apart so I've bought one for this year. It's the lego one and I think they're going to be very excited! My father in law sends us one to look at on the computer every day which the girls LOVE. It's from a website called Jacquie Lawson or something.

scrappycath
11-26-2011, 07:32 AM
So nice to know we aren't alone in these things, huh! How cute that he wants to skip his birthday and just hurry along to Christmas!


Definitely not alone girls. 2 of my 3 boys are on the spectrum. My oldest has Aspergers, and my middle one has classic autism. I never had an advent calendar growing up, but made it part of our tradition when I had kids. It was so helpful for them especially in those early years of learning about waiting and anticipation. And taking turns! We have a Play Mobile one that builds a Christmas Scene as you had each piece day after day. They would be so excited to be the one that got to open the daily surprise, that we had to mark the real calendar with their names to know whose turn it was to open the advent surprise. And this was even with using the same advent calendar year after year. Of course I would switch up which surprise was in which box.

My boys are teens and still look forward to the advent calendar!

I'm looking to make a new one that is a bit more grown up. But they still want that little Christmas scene!

Pamie
11-26-2011, 07:34 AM
We love the Lego advent calendars because you get a little mini-build each day. And this year they have a Star Wars-themed advent calendar!! Heather, I knew you would be into this! I actually picked it up (our first advent calendar) because my almost-7 year old is Star Wars Lego crazy. He and his brother and sister will need to share it, though!

jennyf92
11-26-2011, 08:21 AM
I have always been obsessed with advent calendars and have several that I put up each year! This year, I'm making a digital version of this one:

http://media-cdn.pinterest.com/upload/273734483570611373_6tw3kohp_c.jpg

On each card, I have planned out an activity for that day, things like the kids choir performances, driving around to see lights, writing letters to Santa, Taking a hayride and seeing a light show, visiting a live nativity, etc. This way we can hopefully make each day count in December!!

Yes! You are my hero too! That is awesome! And the fact that you do such festive things EVERY day is amazing! Can my family move in with yours during the holidays?

:pray:

vivie
11-26-2011, 10:32 AM
i used to make one for each girl when they were younger, as its a tradition in Denmark to get one small present everyday until the 24th when Christmas was celebrated...so for them, it was fun to get that one piece of chocolate or whatever...here, they sell packs of 24 small items for this tradition. But its changing quite a bit and lots of families to advent calendars in a smaller way. The gift comes on each sunday before advent so there are only 4 gifts (starts tomorrow). My girls requested 4 larger gifts in place of the 24 smaller ones, rofl...oh yes, LEGO is made in Denmark, they have quite a number of advent packs here...

Sarygallag
11-26-2011, 10:33 AM
We have been doing an Advent Calendar since my 11 yo was about 3. My mom buought a cute wooden version with little doors. The doors are only about 2in square. When we first filled it we used a variety of candy/dollar store trinkets. Now we have 4 kiddos and can't fit all into the little doors and they have grown past the dollar store trinkets. We do candy most days and on random days (usually 1 per week) we have a note that says see mommy and I give them a larger gift that wouldn't fit. We do puzzles, games, a new Christmas book, christmas shirt and on Christmas eve it is always new pjs. Christmas morning is the first clue to a scavenger hunt that ends at a family gift. I think that scavenger hunt is the part they love the most!

After reading all these entries though I am feeling on the lame side :blink: It never occurred to me to do fun activities. Next year were certainly look different.

This year my yougest and I will be 8 hours away from the rest of our family for the entire month of December. I got the advent box ready for the 3 remaining at home with daddy and left a list of instructions for hubby to dole out the gifts on "see daddy" days. I felt it was important to keep this tradition going since things would be so out of sorts with us being separated this year. For my youngest who will be with me I got an advent tree with little pockets and a wooden cady cane that moves each day. I will have her trinket in a special box that she will check each day after she moves the candy cane.

sinead
11-26-2011, 11:28 AM
I wish I had some expired gift cards. I always cut them so I won't be confused. I can get more, though. The PTO at Maggie's school sells SCRIP, which is a fundraising program where they sell full value gift cards that they buy for a lower price. For example, the school can buy a $20 Wal-Mart gift card for $16. They get to keep the $4 profit. BEST fundraiser ever because I buy stuff I'd be buying anyway and I don't have to sell wrapping paper or cookie dough or popcorn or whatever. :D

But I digress...lol. I was just thinking that I'd love to alter those cards for a project like this.

inkspots
11-26-2011, 07:47 PM
i used to make one for each girl when they were younger, as its a tradition in Denmark to get one small present everyday until the 24th when Christmas was celebrated...so for them, it was fun to get that one piece of chocolate or whatever...here, they sell packs of 24 small items for this tradition. But its changing quite a bit and lots of families to advent calendars in a smaller way. The gift comes on each sunday before advent so there are only 4 gifts (starts tomorrow). My girls requested 4 larger gifts in place of the 24 smaller ones, rofl...oh yes, LEGO is made in Denmark, they have quite a number of advent packs here...

I didn't know you were in Denmark! Hubby and I specifically made a trip there to go to Legoland before we left Europe--kind of weird being there with no kids, but we loved it! Got lost looking for Hans Christian Andersen's house and LOVED Coppenhagen. How fun to remember. (By the way, LOVE your designs!:love:)

SunshineTK
11-27-2011, 09:55 PM
I've always done an advent calendar, as long as I can remember. I think they add so much to the excitement of counting down to Christmas. Last year I made numbered ornaments to hang on a tree and I stuffed each one with a small piece of candy for each child and a slip of paper that had something Christmasy to do that day. Some days are easy (like coloring a Christmas picture) and some are more complicated (like going to cut down the Christmas tree). But it definitely keeps the month more festive. Here's a photo of our tree:
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Advent-Tree.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=94836&title=hybrid-advent-tree&cat=500)

gonewiththewind
11-27-2011, 10:06 PM
Tracy ~ that's adorable! We have a felt "advent" calendar . . . each day you add a new piece of the nativity until the whole scene is complete.

nicoleseitler
11-28-2011, 09:36 AM
I would die with the "Let's do something" kinds of calendars. I hate commitments like that. :lol: I'd have to be able to get into the boxes/drawers and change things up if that certain thing wasn't going to work that day. :giggle: I have enough trouble getting school activities (like extra fun stuff for history or science experiments) together... I know I would not do well with a bunch of Christmas promises. LOL!

Unica
11-28-2011, 09:55 AM
I would die with the "Let's do something" kinds of calendars. I hate commitments like that. :lol: I'd have to be able to get into the boxes/drawers and change things up if that certain thing wasn't going to work that day. :giggle: I have enough trouble getting school activities (like extra fun stuff for history or science experiments) together... I know I would not do well with a bunch of Christmas promises. LOL!

Did Nicole write that? Or I did? I'm so confused now...

Ramona
11-28-2011, 10:48 AM
I wrote in all the school commitments into the daily items and many of them are simple and small things. And truthfully, things we do every year anyway. Like December 1st is always Grinch night. It has been since my boys were tiny. We watch the grinch movie (the Jim Carey one) and drink hot cocoa. The thing that excites me most about the pocket type of advent I'm making is that it will be easy to move cards around, if I need to! The kids won't be any the wiser!

ccouch
11-28-2011, 12:07 PM
I read this conversation on my phone while we were on vacation & couldn't wait till I could chime in with a picture! I'm not talented enough to post an image from my phone! LOL!

We have this one that I bought from Target several years ago:
http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/droolicious/2008/11/23-End/advent-cream.jpg

When it was just Camille, I would do little treats and activities and sometimes a scavenger hunt to a larger present that didn't fit in the box. Now that I've got both Lily & Camille, the advent calendar is mostly activities. Most are things that we'd do anyway. Like go to see Santa, drive around to see Christmas lights, exchange ornaments (something that we do earlier in December), etc. I usually do not stuff the box until the night before (cause I'm all last-minute like that!).

This year, I'm adding in some books that we'll open on certain days. We'll read the book and do a corresponding activity. I'm getting ideas for the advent books here: Crafty Crow (http://belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow/2009/12/december-book-activity-advent.html) and here: Hubbards Cupboard (http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/christmas.html)

And, we take a break from most if not all of our regular school subjects to really make the most of December. *happy, cozy sigh*

I've got to get busy with advent planning. We've been gone for a week and now I've got to get things in order since December 1st is coming fast!

sinead
11-28-2011, 01:10 PM
I would die with the "Let's do something" kinds of calendars. I hate commitments like that. :lol: I'd have to be able to get into the boxes/drawers and change things up if that certain thing wasn't going to work that day. :giggle: I have enough trouble getting school activities (like extra fun stuff for history or science experiments) together... I know I would not do well with a bunch of Christmas promises. LOL!

This. I made Mari's Advent calendar last year (two years ago? The time blurs) and had a really hard time keeping up with it (and got much flack from the girls if I didn't!). I think it was 2 yrs ago because I wanted to do it again last year but just wasn't up for it. lol I need to sit down with the calendar and fill in the stuff VERY carefully, but here I am on Day 2 of Advent and too many other things to do first. lol next year!

nicoleseitler
11-28-2011, 03:16 PM
Hey, it's not the first--yet! :D

sinead
11-28-2011, 05:19 PM
Ah, but Advent (at least on the Catholic liturgical calendar) started yesterday. :)

YvetteSanders
11-28-2011, 05:29 PM
Ah, but Advent (at least on the Catholic liturgical calendar) started yesterday. :)

I must have spent way too many years in Catholic schools, because I actually knew that LOL

SunshineTK
11-28-2011, 06:19 PM
I would die with the "Let's do something" kinds of calendars. I hate commitments like that. :lol: I'd have to be able to get into the boxes/drawers and change things up if that certain thing wasn't going to work that day. :giggle: I have enough trouble getting school activities (like extra fun stuff for history or science experiments) together... I know I would not do well with a bunch of Christmas promises. LOL!

I HAVE to do it this way or we wouldn't do anything festive....because I get home from work and I'm tired or forget or whatever.


I wrote in all the school commitments into the daily items and many of them are simple and small things. And truthfully, things we do every year anyway.

This....we have picking out the tree, putting up the tree, baking Christmas cookies....all things that we already do. The handful of filler days are things like sing Christmas carols, read a Christmas story, color a Christmas picture....easy peasy.

Ramona
11-28-2011, 07:04 PM
Easy Peasy is totally the key! And fortunately, I'm not Catholic, so I still have a few more days to get it done! LOL!! I sent all my pockets to the printer this morning. I am doing painted boards instead of cardstock so it will be more sturdy and I have those cut and painted! I can't wait to pick up from the printers so I can finish it!! I will post a pic when it is all done! I hope it turns out as cute as it looks in my head!

sinead
11-28-2011, 08:07 PM
Can't wait to see Ramona!

wishingwellcreations
11-30-2011, 09:31 AM
We do ours starting Dec 1 and ending on Dec 25 (not highly religious here in our household :lol: )... and we have 2 calendars. One is a felt tree with tiny felt ornaments that my mom's best friend made for me when I was very, very little:
http://www.digiscrapwishingwell.com/TDC/advent-01.jpg

http://www.digiscrapwishingwell.com/TDC/advent-02.jpg

My parents found it and brought it to our house this past year, and so this will the the first year our boys use it. I'm excited! Our other advent calendar is another thing the same lady made, and it hangs on a doorknob and has space for a mini candy cane to be untied each day between Dec 1 and Dec 25 (yikes, I need to find it! can't right now, so no photo...). I used to LOOOOOVVE that one when I was a kid... but now... I am kinda afraid of it. My boys don't eat candy every day (they're lucky to get it more than once a week! ha)... and the idea of the sugar high that may develop from this... oh man... I can't even think about it without getting all twitchy. *sigh*

SIMPLE ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T STARTED YET AND WANT TO:
(1) just get a small Christmas tree from the craft store, and some tiny ornaments, and let your kids hang a new ornament every day... and then finish it out on Christmas Eve with a star on top, or something like that.
(2) or, alternatively, start with 25 candy canes hanging on the tree, and let the kids take on OFF each day (and eat it).

Nathalie
11-30-2011, 02:52 PM
Will have to take a picture but with the help of niece and hubby we finished wrapping all the little goodies up last night (last minute, lol)

Ramona
11-30-2011, 10:28 PM
I got my calendar all done! I used a new kit coming out for the digital parts. I printed them and then folded and sewed them on the sides to make pockets. I also printed cards with our activities on them. Then I took 2 pieces of 12x12 wood (cost about $3 for the wood) and painted them white. I glued my pockets on and added ribbon and its done! I love how sturdy it is and it should last for many years to come!

http://i41.tinypic.com/ame39u.jpg

hollyinjapan
11-30-2011, 10:41 PM
I'm always sooo busy in October and November I've never had the time to make one of these craft Advent calendars - although I see them and really want to! Maybe after the new year, say in March or so I can make one for next year?! Should give me plenty of time.

Pamie
11-30-2011, 10:48 PM
Ramona, that calendar is just awe-inspiring! Wonderful job.

juliesouthern
11-30-2011, 11:23 PM
I feel like a total slacker, but I will probably go to world imports tomorrow (or later) and buy one of the advent calendars with the chocolates behind the doors...LOL. After all, this is the first year I got a Christmas kit done before Thanksgiving.... I can only do so much...

Next year I am going to make the one from sillhouette.

nicoleseitler
12-01-2011, 12:46 AM
FABULOUS, Ramona! :clap: Wow!

judet
12-01-2011, 04:30 AM
Properly excited little girls over their advent calendars this morning, love it!

ShabbyShaz
12-02-2011, 09:07 AM
We've had the chocolate box ones occasionally over the years. Usually because someone has given the kids one as a gift.

We have not ever had a more permanent one. I would like to make one though and all the inspiration here is fabulous.

sinead
12-02-2011, 09:52 AM
Love it, Ramona! Well done!

ShabbyShaz
12-02-2011, 10:03 AM
Ramona - that is perfect, and so clever putting it on solid boards for longevity.

Cheryl - would love a felt nativity advent, after all that is our focus too.

Christine - now that shabby draw set is my perfect advent. I'm green... want.want.want! It can be just for me and Hubby can fill it with a little bauble or better yet a new piece of jewelery just for me each day. :teehee:

I think with my lot it would be easier to just stick some candy in each day if I had one. We have a busy enough month as it is without me having to come up with extra activites.
Advent does not happen in this country for obvious reasons so not able to even buy chocolate ones here. But maybe I can find something in Egypt this week. :)

Trista
12-02-2011, 10:09 AM
I have done something similar. We have something planned each day. Decorating the tree is actually one of the activities. Some days it's crafts, also included is visiting santa, attending kid workshop at Lowe's (they build a train in 3 parts - so that is 3 days covered).
Growing up we had a felt wall hanging calendar that had candy canes tied to it for each day. Since there were 4 of us, the candy canes were taken off the calendar and put on the tree. We didn't get to eat them until Christmas. :)


I have always been obsessed with advent calendars and have several that I put up each year! This year, I'm making a digital version of this one:

http://media-cdn.pinterest.com/upload/273734483570611373_6tw3kohp_c.jpg

On each card, I have planned out an activity for that day, things like the kids choir performances, driving around to see lights, writing letters to Santa, Taking a hayride and seeing a light show, visiting a live nativity, etc. This way we can hopefully make each day count in December!!

Trista
12-02-2011, 10:19 AM
Oh Ramona it rocks! I am all about the stitching. LOve it!

I got my calendar all done! I used a new kit coming out for the digital parts. I printed them and then folded and sewed them on the sides to make pockets. I also printed cards with our activities on them. Then I took 2 pieces of 12x12 wood (cost about $3 for the wood) and painted them white. I glued my pockets on and added ribbon and its done! I love how sturdy it is and it should last for many years to come!

http://i41.tinypic.com/ame39u.jpg

Chel
12-02-2011, 10:48 AM
So nice to know we aren't alone in these things, huh! How cute that he wants to skip his birthday and just hurry along to Christmas!


Definitely not alone girls. 2 of my 3 boys are on the spectrum. I'm looking to make a new one that is a bit more grown up.

But they still want that little Christmas scene!

I have love being in the digi cummonity has really helped me to not feel alone!!

Romana - I think I have siad it before but saying it again. LOVE your Advent calendar!!
Cathy - How fun that they still love to make the scene! You will have to save it for grandkids!


We love the Lego advent calendars because you get a little mini-build each day. And this year they have a Star Wars-themed advent calendar!!

Oh so cool that you got one!! I went on Black Friday and the only one that left by the time I got there had parts stolen from it......they had opened all the door and taken peices!! But they had the regular one and the is the one Nik had already seen. He is very excited about getting Lego's every day for a month.


Tracy ~ that's adorable! We have a felt "advent" calendar . . . each day you add a new piece of the nativity until the whole scene is complete.

My Mom still puts up the one that we had as a kid that is this same kind. Still love to be able to put a piece on!! LOL!

So many awesome ideas in here ladies!

teachermom_Rach
12-02-2011, 10:54 AM
Well, Dec 1 came, and I almost forgot to start St. Nick! Thankfully Maggie hasn't asked why St. Nick isn't using the calendar (which is still in a box in the basement, btw). The tree was a big hit yesterday, and she has already scoured her room to find things to decorate it with. Apparently she didn't want to wait to find out if St. Nick was going to decorate it for her, so St. Nick had a little trouble fitting the tree skirt around the base last night! Luckily, John hasn't really seen the start of his Little People Nativity, so it's still exactly where St. Nick left it. :)

teachermom_Rach
12-02-2011, 10:57 AM
(1) just get a small Christmas tree from the craft store, and some tiny ornaments, and let your kids hang a new ornament every day... and then finish it out on Christmas Eve with a star on top, or something like that.


This is what I'm doing for Maggie this year, BUT I can't tell her that it will be completely decorated by Christmas (as it's from St. Nick), and she's already asked if we can get some gold pipe cleaners to make a star for the top, and found ribbons and string in her room to make garland out of...yep, St. Nick has ALL those pieces already. :)

MariKoegelenberg
12-02-2011, 11:31 AM
Ramona!!!! :thud:

It is sooo gorgeous! Love it!

MariKoegelenberg
12-02-2011, 11:36 AM
BTW I pinned this one...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-47y5jc4jx28/Ts-XGbM5xZI/AAAAAAAAAIg/kB0K-TuTA8s/s320/santa+calendar.jpg
(http://invitingprintables.blogspot.com/2011/11/santa-christmas-countdown-freebie.html)
All you need is to print it out and with some cotton wool...viola! Remember the kids have to do all the work! :giggle:

Ramona
12-02-2011, 11:37 AM
That is so stinking cute!!! I may have to do this one too! My kids would love this!

Trista
12-02-2011, 11:38 AM
Thinking of our advent activities... gingerbread house being one of them (it's a tradition). I was getting ready to throw away some candy that the kids don't like... and had a little light bulb go on. Save these for decorations to use on the gingerbread house. Joshua was so excited when I shared this revelation...
That is a great idea mom... we are recycling too! Woot!!

Trista
12-02-2011, 11:39 AM
Oh goodness does that bring back memories. I remember doing one like this in school. Many, many years ago! :D


BTW I pinned this one...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-47y5jc4jx28/Ts-XGbM5xZI/AAAAAAAAAIg/kB0K-TuTA8s/s320/santa+calendar.jpg
(http://invitingprintables.blogspot.com/2011/11/santa-christmas-countdown-freebie.html)
All you need is to print it out and with some cotton wool...viola! Remember the kids have to do all the work! :giggle:

juliesouthern
12-02-2011, 12:44 PM
This (http://meredithcardall.com/2011/11/29/advent-calendar-hybrid-project/) is cute!

http://meredithcardall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/preview.jpg

scrappycath
12-02-2011, 03:38 PM
Ramona - your advent calendar is amazing!!!

ccouch
12-02-2011, 04:04 PM
BTW I pinned this one...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-47y5jc4jx28/Ts-XGbM5xZI/AAAAAAAAAIg/kB0K-TuTA8s/s320/santa+calendar.jpg
(http://invitingprintables.blogspot.com/2011/11/santa-christmas-countdown-freebie.html)
All you need is to print it out and with some cotton wool...viola! Remember the kids have to do all the work! :giggle:

I printed this one and the girls have begun to fill Santa's beard. We're actually using 1" round labels cause I had those on hand, but I didn't have cotton balls. HA! Peel & stick, baby! No glue, no mess. A little less "fluffy," but it'll do the trick ;)

kelleighr
12-03-2011, 07:10 PM
This is our Advent Calendar! We haven't actually gotten it out of the box, yet, so we are a few days behind, but I DID buy the chocolates! :)

http://kelleighratzlaff.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/in-bowl.jpg

http://kelleighratzlaff.com/featured/our-advent-calendar/

Chel
12-03-2011, 09:33 PM
Oh!! Nik would love the Santa Beard too!! will have to start it on Monday!

TrumanStudio
12-03-2011, 10:19 PM
I made one this year inspired by Pinterest and each day we have a family activity that we are doing from going to a hotel in San Antonio (thanks Groupon) and getting some spa treatments there(fun with a 3, 5 and 7 year old girlies) to making cookies for our neighbors or watching White Christmas!

They are loving it so far. I am going to blog it tomorrow and upload my pictures so will try and post it. I love how it turned out.

akpernilla
12-04-2011, 04:28 PM
I love the ideas of 1 thing to do each day. Here itīs more about a gift each day, that tended to be very expensive so I stopped doing gift calendars at home. Now my boys got ther candy for the weekend in small gifts. But my pupils in school wanted a chocolate calendar. Iīve got one pupil that is allergic to milk so no chocolate here!
I have 16 pupils in my group and decided to make a calendar of my own for them, because we also have 16 schooldays in december.
I started by doing a template for at box/bag.
http://akpernilla.blogg.se/images/2011/img_0024_177823299_thumb.jpg

Then cutting, folding and some glue.

http://akpernilla.blogg.se/images/2011/img_0026_177823594_thumb.jpg

(Sorry about the direction of the picture)

Then I started scrapping.

http://akpernilla.blogg.se/images/2011/img_0010_177824553_thumb.jpg
It takes time but it is fun.

http://akpernilla.blogg.se/images/2011/img_0007_177824085.jpg

http://akpernilla.blogg.se/images/2011/img_0020_177824810.jpg

Inside there is a small surprise for the pupils. :yeshuh:

Kits from The Digichick. K Lewis - Happy hollydays, WWC - Tistheseason, Flakey fastner, etc - Americana, Dawn by designs - Applelisious, Kimeric - Institches

Number 1 is made by Gimp2 and kits from Shabby princess

Pamie
12-04-2011, 05:17 PM
Pernilla that is so amazing! I love how you personalized it for each student. So wonderful!

Cluster Queen
12-05-2011, 10:56 AM
As I kid I didn't have an advent calendar with little gifts, but we had one that had a portion of the Christmas story from the Bible to read every day. I actually loved it every year, it is one of my favorite memories. I love everyone's stories and seeing all the homemade calendars, so fun!

Cluster Queen
12-05-2011, 10:59 AM
Tracy ~ that's adorable! We have a felt "advent" calendar . . . each day you add a new piece of the nativity until the whole scene is complete.

Love this! It reminds me of ours with the Christmas story...I bet that could be combined into an awesome calendar!

ajoyfulheart
12-05-2011, 11:46 AM
Ramona that is FAB!!!! :D

The main thing my kids have liked about the calendars are the chocolates! :P

NeverlandScraps
12-07-2011, 11:17 AM
My girls love having an advent calendar. It helps them count down to Christmas without making me batty! Each year we get a Lego Advent Calender that in the end, they have a Lego set. We are not candy eaters, so we dont waste time with those versions! They like the toy versions! I love them and it keeps the kiddos entertained while not driving me bonkers!