I have been keeping my eye out for an advent calendar for when Little F is old enough to understand what it is. A friend of mine has three lovely ones for her children, with little boxes for tucking little treasures into. I nearly ordered one, but then I thought – where would I put it? With a small house with no mantlepiece or spare space to put decorative things into, that was a problem.
Then I saw some of these lovely ones that hang from the wall, or are strung as a garland, or could be pulled out one day at a time. Problem solved! Now I can go back to staring admiringly at them all and trying to decide over the next year which one to make.
Amy from Odd Socks and a Ponytail shows a cute advent calendar that her friend made, and also lists some activities to include.
I like the idea of the activity advent calendars – things to do together to celebrate the day. I grew up with a chocolate a day calendar, and while good (although my brother used to open the back, eat all the chocolates in one go, then put it back in) I think having an exciting activity to look forward to each day would be really fun.
Rochelle from Why Diss has one made from the pockets of jeans, which looks very cute.
Brisbane Kids list some that looks quite easy to make and put together – there’s even one made from envelopes, handy if I run out of time or inspiration.
There are so many lovely ones out there that it may take me all year to narrow them down and decide!