|Fashionably late, as usual.|
Thanks to miss Gwen's early arrival, Christmas kind of crept up on us a little bit this year. But somehow I still managed to pull together this year's advent calendar in the very nick of time - one hour before Espen's bedtime on December 1st, no less!
We share the calendar together as a family, and open it at breakfast time. Sometimes there's a piece of chocolate for everyone (OK, a lot of the time there's chocolate), sometimes there's a Christmas activity for us to do together like supplies to make Christmas tree ornaments, and sometimes there is a book or a DVD to build our Christmas library. In past years there has been a CD with Christmas music, but this year I just couldn't find anything I wanted. Suggestions? Espen gets wildly excited about "what's inside?!? What's inside?!?", and we all enjoy starting our day with a little treat. My favorite thing, though, is that it gives us a little time to do something special together as a family, each and every day leading up to Christmas.
Just in case you happen to be a monstrously fast seamstress/sewer/sewing person, and possess the ability to time travel (Doctor?) back to last Saturday and December 1st, here is the tutorial I put together for how to make our advent calendar. Or you could call yourself super organized and pin it for next year. It's a bit time consuming, but super simple (I made it, after all!) and very reusable.
Do you have an advent calendar? Who puts it together and what goes inside?