Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Advent Calendar Ideas

This year will be my first Christmas with a baby in our family! There are a million traditions I have to start this year (or so I have convinced myself!) and one of them is the Advent Calendar. I think counting down to Christmas each day will be so much fun! My daughter's birthday is just after Christmas, so I'm not sure how much will register with her, but we'll have fun all the while.
I shopped all over the Internet to find an Advent Calendar for us to use for years to come. I had no idea what variety could be found.
This one is on etsy and made from round metal tins. She put so much detail into the layers of Christmas papers.This one is precious- I love mittens, sweaters and little scarves in my Christmas decor. I live in Texas, so it isn't in my wardrobe! I just didn't think I had the space for it. Plus, it isn't very interactive in the countdown. The focus seemed to be the gift inside the mitten.
That bring me to the elf that I came really close to buying. I love this sweet elf lady and her big dress with pockets. I just love her style. She also would match my country plaid Christmas decor and could be hung or sit on a big unused chair.


In the end, I decided on the felt house from Land of Nod. It was half the price of the elf, took up less space, and I think the countdown is the focus and not the gifts inside.

However, I do want to put something in a couple of pockets to surprise her! I need your help- what fits in these little 2.5" pockets? Remember, she is almost 12 months old when this is in use.
Also, if you have an advent calendar, tell me how you make it special? I can't wait for the holidays to begin and with my felt house, they will begin in just 26 days!

5 comments:

{ L } said...

What fun and cute ideas!! Love the mittens. <3

Tabriah said...

I have been searching for one for two years. I want one like my mom's; it is felt and shaped like a Christmas tree. As you countdown you decorate the tree, with the last one being the Star. I love it. I've always loved it, even as a teenager, decorating the tree. Never a gift...there didn't to be one. It was just the excitement of the countdown to Christmas. I thought I found one at Pottery Barn Kids this year, but it is all about the present you put inside...very sad...

April said...

Adorbale ideas! I have a small felt advent calendar-I actually got it in the dollar spot at Target last year! It has a little wooden tree that goes in the count-down day.

We are the Guerra's! said...

Well, seeing as how everything goes in her mouth, there's not much you can put in there that she might not eat. What if you made some little popsicle stick puppets (or something similar)? You could make them Christmas themed...oh, even better, make them Nativity themed and then each time she pulls one out, it goes with a small barn to ultimately create the scene and the last one is baby Jesus!? That way, it's about the spirit of Christmas AND what's inside! And I think I just inspired our own Advent tradition...

Coco said...

I love the mittens! I have been searching forever for an advent calendar that was "us." I think the mittens might be it.

In the one you chose (love land of nod!) put stickers. Both of my kids were sticker obsessed at 12 months. You can find so many different fun stickers.

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