Now that December is here, my kids absolutely cannot wait for Christmas! So, I came up with the idea of creating cute numbered advent calendar boxes — my kids can open one up each day as we count down to Christmas. Yesterday, I created a few advent calendar boxes, for 23, 22, 21, 20 and 19 days until Christmas. I’ll eventually add the other boxes as we get closer to Christmas! In each box, I nestled yummy treats, stickers, and other fun finds.
They opened the 23 days until Christmas box yesterday to find a large piece of bubble gum each. They were happy to get the gum!
I got my boxes from my collection of jewelry and other boxes that I’ve saved over the years for wrapping gifts. I guess it’s a good thing that I tend to hold onto things! LOL.
I decorated the tops of my boxes with scrapbook paper. I hand numbered some boxes, and used number stickers (that I have on hand for scrapbooking) for other boxes. I am thinking of tying the rest of the boxes with ribbon and twine — my kids are very good (and that’s a fact, Santa!), but I think it would be a good idea to secure the boxes closed in case my children get the urge to sneak a look at the treats inside the boxes!
In past years, we’ve used a felt advent calendar. On the felt tree, we add another button until we reach Christmas. Each button sticks to the tree thanks to a piece of Velcro I’ve attached to the button backs.
My kids love the old advent calendar, so I will probably also put that one up at some point — I just have to find it! (It wasn’t with the rest of the Christmas decorations when I brought up the Christmas decor from the basement over the weekend.)