Advent Calendar Ideas

I have this beautiful Advent calendar my sister gave to me.  The little doors open to reveal mini compartments that have the honor of housing little treats.  Advent calendar 1Of course with 5 kids, the dilemmas are:

1. What to put inside?    and          2. Who gets it?      oh yeah, and    3. Can it be cheap?

Here’s how I do it:

On the back of the box is a list indicating who opens the door on which day.  So with 5 kids, each child opens 5 doors between December 1 and December 25.

The following items are inside (one item on each day and each child eventually gets the same thing just perhaps not in a row.  For example, I put in 5 quarters and each child will have one by Christmas.  Inside a few doors the kids will find a scripture from the Christmas story or a nice idea (like “Say a prayer for someone.”) to remind our children what this precious season of Advent is really about.  Click here to get the verses.

  • Quarters (each child gets 1)
  • packs of gum
  • hair accessories for the girls and chap-stick for the boys
  • fun ribbon (they LOVE using mine)
  • foil wrapped chocolate Santas

The options are endless and don’t have to cost a lot.  Comment and share with us how you prepare for Christmas.

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