Advent starts this week. Traditionally, advent begins on December 1st. Some advent calendars start on November 30th. Advent is a way to count down the days until Christmas. It helps the kids keep track of how long until Christmas morning. Easy advent ideas are paper chains, you tear one for each day. Calendars are cute and fun. Some are actually calendars with little windows you open. Behind the window is a picture or scripture.
These days there are cute wooden calendars with drawers. They can be purchased from retail stores such as Target. If you are crafty, Michael’s sells unfinished ones. All you have to do is paint it. If you have a coupon they can cost as little as $9.00. This year we are trying the Michael’s wooden calendar. The drawers on these calendars are tiny. I was left with the problem of what to put in such tiny drawers.
The little drawers are the perfect size for small objects. A box of Silly Bandz can be divided among the kids on different days. I have 2 girls, so I put about 4 bands per child in each drawer. About the most I could fit was 12 bands. If you have kids you know they love Silly Bandz. The fad hasn’t passed, yet. Academy Spots has had these on sale for unbelievably cheap prices, as little as $.50 a box.
Another easy idea is hair accessories. My girls are always losing their hair bands and barrettes. I placed 2 big pony tail holders in a drawer. One holder per girl. Small barrettes and clips will also fit into the drawers. This will be great on school days. They won’t have to search for something to pull their hair back.
Other items to put in the drawers include small rolls of stickers, Small candy, chap stick, Lego people, Polly pocket clothes, small nail polish, and spare change. All kids love spare change. It doesn’t have to be much. Just small trinkets to entertain the kids. In reality, it is the small things that fascinate them.
Some things I bought would not fit in the drawers. That left me with the problem of what to do. I placed a small piece of paper in the drawers that said, “Look under the tree.”. Under the tree there are 6 small paper bags. The basic lunch bag size. Each bag has a number. Inside the bags are small gifts that would not fit in the tiny drawers. They are not expensive. The most expensive one was $5. There are fun Christmas socks, cute tights, bangle bracelets, and a fleece cover up. The cover-up was the most expensive gift, $5. They needed a new fleece, this way it seems like a gift. Other little gifts could include comic books, a small Lego set, a inexpensive Barbie, or an art set. These little gifts would be useful when the kids first get out of school and are driving you crazy. I usually buy a new game and keep it hidden until it is “needed”! Again, these should be inexpensive little trinkets. Go to the dollar store and pick out a handful of little items. This is easier with smaller kids, they tend to be happy with anything new. Older tweens and teens may not be as easy.
Advent calendars are a great way to help kids count down until Christmas. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It just needs to be fun. If you make a big deal out of it, so will the kids.