One thing I learned while living in Germany is that you can never have enough advent calendars. And with all the fun options out there, I imagine it would be hard to stop at just one… or two… so, here’s my suggestions of when to advent calendar, and what to advent calendar with.
***Please note: these are aimed at kids, but can be adjusted for anyone.
Advent Calendar wake-up
You’ll have 24 opportunities to wake up your favorite celebrators until Christmas Day. At which point, they’ll be waking you up! Use this time to try your different ring-tones, horns, or sing a different song. Every day it’s something different and they won’t know what to expect.
Advent Calendar Breakfast
Remember that scene in Forrest Gump with all the shrimp? Maybe you can become the Bubba Gump of eggs. Or french toast. Or cereal. Or any combination of that.
Advent Calendar Inspirational Quote
Nothing like starting the day with a nice, inspiring quote.
Advent Calendar Toy (ie. the getting ready bribe)
Ok, maybe this one is more serious. Maybe you start the day with a lego or playmobile toy. The promise of opening up this advent calendar may be just what you need to get your kids to get ready for the day.
I wrote a post about toy advent calendars.
Advent Calendar Lunch Box Joke and Messages of Love
I’m assuming that there’s a lot of going to school going on this month. Kids have to eat lunch and since their lunch this month coincides with your need to live an Advent Calendar life – it only makes sense that they get something funny in their lunch box. (And only because the inspirational quote was earlier in the day.)
Your go-to resource for lunch box notes for Christmas.
Advent Calendar Chocolates
So easy. Pick a traditional chocolate advent calendar or one from their favorite brand. They’ll be glad to be home to eat it all.
So many options on Amazon.
Advent Calendar Activity
This is when the visits to Santa, or the cookie baking, or ornament making happens. Make it quick, folks, we have more things to advent calendar.
I’ve written some posts on activity-based Advent Calendars for kids.
Advent Calendar TV Show or Movie
There are a million TV episodes and movies that are available for families to watch. Pick your 24 favorites and have at it.
Here are some movies from Amazon.
Advent Calendar Books
Most schools require 30 minutes or so of reading each night. Finish the night with a story from your favorite Christmas book.
There’s at least one post about Advent Calendar Books for kids on this site, with more to come.
Advent Calendar Pajamas
Except, don’t really end the night. Have you seen how many cute pajama options are out there for kids in the holidays? One is not enough. Three is not a crowd. Twenty-four. Twenty-four pajama jammy jams to brighten your holiday season.
I’m a fan of the classics by Hanna Andersson.
Simple Advent Calendar Activity
Do the holidays seem too commercial and overdone? Do you feel exhausted with the need to keep up and make this season magical? No fear, this simple advent calendar opposes those things and fills one of your dozen or so activities with something meaningful. But, seriously, hurry it up… it’s getting late and we have to do this all again tomorrow.