In Germany we love tradition and one big one is counting down the days till Christmas with an Advents Calendar; We love to give little goodies and gifts in anticipation of the Christ Child to be born on Christmas Eve. It always made the wait to the big day that much sweeter.
For years I bought the kids the chocolate Advent Calendar and every time they saw pictures of Advents Calendars that Family and Friends back in Germany made they always asked why they couldn’t have one of their own. That’s when I started years ago to make a new Advents Calendar each year. This year I thought I could get by with just making a calendar for the 5 year old, but the boys (now 18 and 14) quickly raised their voice that they will not do without one; so I made two new calendars this year and thought I’d share them. Maybe you like to start a new tradition with your kids as well.
This Advents Calendar was Super easy; all you need is a picture frame, check local thrift stores, attic, trash, doesn’t have to be a new one; spray paint it the color you like, I love the red for the Holidays. I found some small fabric gift bags at Hobby Lobby (50% off, I think each package came with 6 bags for $2.00) and a nice robe. I grabbed some wooden clothes pins at Walmart, they had a pack of 50 for under a buck and some scrapbook paper. That’s it.. Simple as that. Used hot glue to glue the robe to the back of the frame and pined the baggies with the Clothes pins… filled each with little goodies. I love to keep the candy from Halloween and re-use it during this time of the year… hihih.
The second Advents Calendar was simple as well; I bought a cake tier on Amazon.com for like $10 and I can re-use it many years as well as use it during the year to decorate the house with. I also picked up some small cups with lid at Amazon and ribbon at Michaels. Each little cup got a goodie that would fit; I love checking Dollar bins or the Dollar store to find hair bows, jewelry, nail polish little things that little girls like and of course candy from Halloween. Filled all 24 bowls and wrapped them up, added some bows to the top packages; placed each on the tier and we are ready to countdown till the big day…. Christmas Eve.
For more Advents Calendar ideas or any other of our German Christmas traditions, be sure to visit my Christmas Section.
What traditions do you have for the Holiday Season? Would love to hear it…Merry Christmas and enjoy the Season!!