I am finding it more important to teach our children creativity and frugality through well thought out traditions, as well as everyday life. This year I decided that the advent calendar for our house would belong to everyone and be made from things we have at home.
I had the kids run around and gather all the winter, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, etc. books from their shelves.
I then wrapped each book in red paper, except for one, the books do not have numbers, giving the child whose turn it is a chance to choose the book. The 24th book is wrapped in green and will be the last one to be opened…can you guess which one it is? 🙂
Each night, starting with the oldest each child will take a turn choosing one book from the shelf, they will get to unwrap it, pass a chocolate to everyone and we will all sit together and listen to the book they chose. Who reads the book will also be their decision.
Things they will learn from this are that excitement can come from items you have around the house when given a new purpose. Patience and taking turns. It also gives our family a chance to enjoy some of that precious together time.