The advent calendar that we have is nothing extraordinary. It's just paper, and shows a simple theme of several homes at night. But each day, you open a window or door to find someone or something preparing for Christmas Eve, whether it is the moon in the sky, a mouse with a bit of cheese, a woman preparing a cake, or a child decorating a Christmas tree, until by December 24, you see an array of happy people and creatures celebrating that night. I love it.
Today, many of the little paper doors only have one left, others refused to stay closed until it is their turn to stay open, and I know what is behind each door by heart. But each day, I still look forward to opening a window that shows me a simple, but beautiful, Christmas moment.
Do you have an advent calendar you love? What is special about it?
If not, here are some advent calendar ideas I love.
Activities Advent Calendar
I love this idea from Anthology Magazine. Pick an activity to do for each day in December, whether it is simple like having hot chocolate, or a fun activity like ice-skating. So each day, you get to open a box or your vehicle of choice and then do whatever it tells you to do for the day.
I totally plan on doing this when I have a family one day. My kids are going to hate me, and I will love it.
Knit Advent Calendar
|Photo courtesy of my favorite favorite favorite blog: a friend to knit with|
The knitter in me adores this hand-knit, little gloves and hats advent calendar. You can pop in a little treat so the members of your household have a little surprise each day.
There are so many terrific and special ideas for advent calendars out there, most of which are pretty easy to do yourself (hurray for self-sufficiency!). Here's a great list of ideas put together by another great blog: Creature Comforts Advent Calendar Round-Up.
It's not too late to start one for yourself this year!
However, I still plan on sticking with my beautifully beat-up advent calendar.