For years now, I've been wanting to buy an advent calendar for my kids. A nice one. But they all were pretty expensive and so I never got to it. By the time Christmas was over and they were on sale all the nice ones had already been bought. Bah Humbug.
This year though while browsing around Pinterest I saw a perfect way to countdown to Christmas- the Christmas bucket (or in my case a Christmas bag) and save money. You wrap a small, numbered (I used wrapping paper scraps to make the numbers) gift for each day until Christmas-opening one each day. My bugs are loving this so far!
You don't need to wrap expensive or new things-they just need to have that Christmassy feeling. Most of the things I wrapped were Christmas books we already own and then made envelopes with various Christmas crafts and activities to do. I made the little notes that go inside the envelopes Christmas tree shaped for fun.
Things like drinking hot cocoa, making a gingerbread house, making ornaments, donating toys, baking cookies for Santa, making reindeer food, ect. There's also things like coloring books and watching Christmas movies together.
This is much better than popping out a chocolate candy each day from one of those cardboard advent calendar. This countdown allows you to spend time with your kids doing something Christmassy together. Making memories they will never forget. Tis the season! What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?