December is Here
Every night after putting LB to bed, the words “Beep, Beep, Beep, December’s here…Little Blue Truck is full of cheer!” run through my head about a thousand times. It’s from one of my favorite Christmas books we read together called Little Blue Truck’s Christmas. I love these books, not only do they have a great message about kindness, sharing, generosity and helping, but this one has a page that lights up at the end! Ooooh!!
This year I was hoping to start a new Christmas or rather Advent tradition in our home. It’s so easy to forget the reason for the season with all of the commercialized Christmas stuff, but I really wanted LB to start to understand what it’s all about. I found this really cute advent calendar online that you can print out and assemble…when you have lots of extra time on your hands! It is easy, but takes a little while to put it all together. Then you can fill these little boxes with simple goodies for the little ones to open each day up until Christmas. For example, we just filled them with a few stickers or M&M’s and in the 2 bigger boxes, a hot wheels/micro-machine vehicle. The total I spent on the entire project was around $6. And honestly LB would have been happy just opening an empty box, but the M&M’s definitely added to the excitement!
Here is the link to this super cute and modern advent calendar. For me, I actually find cutting out paper and gluing it together (like scrap-booking) to be mind-numbing (in a good way!) and it helps me relax. I don’t worry about anything else for a little while, and am able to do something different from my daily activities. Here are a few pictures of our advent calendar. I stacked the boxes on a white cake stand I had in my cupboard, added some black and white baker’s twine that I picked up in the dollar section of Target last week and ta-dah! A cute and decorative way to get a little one excited about the upcoming celebration of the birth of Jesus!
So…you know how kids repeat everything?! I told LB twice that Jesus is coming, in reference to a story…(forgetting that he is ONLY almost two and doesn’t understand context) and now he runs around the house yelling “Jesus is Coming! Jesus is Coming!” And…then he looks out the front door! Yes, I am definitely going to have some explaining to do later on…But the excitement that children have is so contagious it makes it impossible to be a Scrooge or Grinch this time of year.
For couples out there, I would have LOVED to do something like this with my husband while we were dating or first married, but instead of treats in the boxes, written fun activity ideas to put into each of the boxes. It could be like a bucket list for the holidays. For instance: have a wine and movie night, go see a movie, bake and decorate cookies together, Sunday morning brunch, make a snowman (if there is snow), ice skating, Christmas shopping, etc. It would be a perfect way to bring you closer together during the special holiday season.
I hope you enjoy these advent calendar ideas and are enjoying your Christmas holiday season.