Ever since I left home, I'd wanted one of my own. Of course there is no shortage of advent calendars out there- really gorgeous ones, clever DIY ones, grocery stores ones with the cardboard doors, and classic Nativity ones that probably fit the meaning of Christmas a lot better than a mouse with a polka-dot bowtie. But none of them held the magic this one does.
Last year, we introduced it to the boys. Each day they got an animal-shaped pretzel after they moved the mouse. Back then, they weren't following any kind of diet, but Lwasn't two yet, so we didn't want him having any candy, even for holidays. Every day M would dutifully move the mouse, report the date and how many days left until Christmas, and then pass out the pretzels.
This year, I guess the boys will fight over moving it, just like we always did. L is too smart and too stubborn to let M run a one-man-show this year.
I even have a dye- and artificial flavor-free treat that I could use in the pockets. But I have another plan up my sleeve this year. (Don't worry, I have a plan for those treats. Stockings!)
I don't know who started it, but I've seen this great idea on pinterest and all over the blogworld. You gather up all your Christmas books, borrow enough from the library to make 24, wrap them up, and let the kids choose one every night to read together as a family before bed. I love this. It's an advent calendar, presents, a tradition, and books all rolled into one. What could be better?
Tonight I wrapped the library books in garish green paper I found at my school's Sweety Shop. I'll wrap the rest (from home and my classroom) after we get some of that lovely Ikea red and white striped wrapping paper. That way I can send the library books back before school breaks for winter, and the boys can continue opening our own books during Christmas vacation.
|The green on the wrapping paper isn't actually as hideous at it looks in this picture. But almost.|
Here's hoping that they haven't all been unwrapped by the time I wake up tomorrow morning!