Every year I spend way too much money on cardboard Advent calendars for the kids that are then thrown away at the end of the holiday season. And sometimes, like last year, I have a hard time even finding the disposable calendars, so I spend tons o’ time trying to track them down. But each of my children – from toddler to high school senior – love opening their Advent calendars each morning during the month of December, so it’s not a tradition I would ever think of ending. I had an Advent calendar as a child, and I’ll be darned if my kids won’t also have them.
Sometime over the last year, I ran across a wooden Advent calendar over on Pinterest, and I was like, VOILA!” No more throwaways each season!
I then spent six months trying to find wooden Advent calendars I liked but that weren’t so expensive that I wouldn’t also be able afford to buy Christmas gifts this year. Accomplishing this task ended up being trickier than one might imagine. However, I am happy to report my ADventual success (heh).
Here are the calendars I got for the kids, now filled with goodies to count down each day of the Advent season.
Buying all 4 at once was a little spendy, but if you consider that I typically spend $7-$15 each holiday for the throwaway version, this investment made sense.
And they’re so cute! I’m impressed with how substantial and well-made they are, and they came assembled and ready to fill up with treats. And speaking of treats, I like that I can add different goodies each day, including little ornaments, notes, chocolates, coins, etc. With the cardboard Advent calendars I’ve always gotten for the kids previously, they were already pre-filled with a single kind of sweet, usually chocolate. These new wooden calendars will be as much fun for me to stock as for the children to open.
Because I got four identical calendars, each child has his or her name written just inside the very top door of one of the four so we will know which one belongs to which offspring. (Thanks to my niece El for that most excellent idea.)
The plan is that as each of the children grows up, and eventually has his or her own home and family, their wooden Advent calendars will join them, and maybe even become a holiday heirloom that they then pass on to their own children and grandchildren.
If you celebrate Christmas, do you do an Advent calendar for your child(ren) each year? What kind? I’d love to heat about other families’ Advent traditions.