Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Momma Like: December 2009: Advent Calenders

Buckets of Joy Advent Calendar

Starting on December 1st each year, Santa's elves visit our house every night and leave surprises in the advent calendar.  Sometimes its a treat or a little toy but many times its a poem or a note with news from the North Pole, an update on the reindeer or a "Naughty/ Nice" report.  If you are judging - you are right - much like "Elf on a Shelf," this is potentially a cheap way to parent... but I like the tradition and my kids LOVE it.  With so many different options of advent calendars, and so many different ideas of what to stuff them with - the elves have a lot of fun.  If you are worried that the holiday season has become a little too materialistic, there are creative choices.  Have the elves leave your children a task every day, instead of a gift; e.g. coming up with a toy that they don't use anymore to give to a local children's shelter, baking cookies for their teacher, writing their brother or sister a note telling them why they are special.  Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod usually have great calendars, but my favorite this year is from Growing up with Garnet Hill and its on sale until December 15th for $48.  

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