Wendy Copley created a clever advent calendar for her children that has two big benefits over all other holiday countdown traditions:
- It focuses on experiences over stuff.
- She can change it according to her mood and available time.
Allow me to explain. She purchased a wooden advent calendar kinda like this one at Target and stuffed it with her own printable choose-your-own-adventure style of daily challenge. On any given day, she can update the mystery box with the activity she wants to do: give the kids a bubble bath or decorate the Christmas tree? Hmmm, what do we have time for? Loving it!
After reading her post last night (one year late I realize, but I had a baby last year, people!), I drove to Target in a thunderstorm to assemble my own. And now I need new toner to make the printables pretty. Then again, I doubt my kids will care if my colors are pale when they see we are going to drink the good hot chocolate or see Christmas lights.
See my stuff up top? It’s good enough, right? Here are Wendy’s printables in true color below. Hop on over to her post, advent crazy, to download the pages to make your own.
[Photos by me, Target, and Wendy Copley]