What was your advent calendar like this year?

For Christmas this year I wanted my girls to experience a chocolate free advent.  So I began looking around early to see if there were decent alternatives that were equally as exciting for two expectant girls looking for their chocolate fix.

Thankfully, I wasn’t struggling for inspiration. Type advent calendar into google and you come up with all sorts of ideas. From diy-ing it yourself to religious inspired pin ups and more. I was so inspired in fact, I decided to do two. For the visual countdown that both my two year old and four year old can understand, I decided on a Santa’s beard calendar. Each day, they glue on a cotton ball to Santa’s beard marking one more sleep closer to Santa’s arrival.


Then, to add some meaning to our Christmas and in hopes that the girls understand the Christmas story, we bought them the Playmobile Nativity scene. It doesn’t actually come as an advent calendar so I have been boxing one piece for them everyday to create the scene. This is a real hit and it’s been great to see both of them excited to find what’s waiting for them each morning, then being able to play with the miniatures each day.


Next year though, I want to incorporate more of the giving part of Christmas than the receiving.  I found this list of 50 acts of kindness for kids at advent on pinterest which is great. It includes ideas like: bake  goodies and give them to your neighbours; write a letter telling your brother/ sister how much you love them and; make a christmas card for your teacher. I intend to add a few of my own and make it personal to my child(ren).

Here is another idea from Thirdculturemama which is also  about exploring advent globally and remembering others across the world.

A friend of mine recently posted a picture of this advent calendar which looks really great. Learning how to say hello around the world! IMG_6866

What were your ideas for advent this year? I’d love to hear from you.

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