our Advent calendars this year (spoiler: they’re picture books and Duplo!)

We always end up with a chocolate calendar, even on the years I swear them off, but this season we’re trying out a few popular Advent trends to see if one of them sticks around and becomes a family tradition.

Our first countdown to Christmas is this basket of children’s books. I had originally thought of wrapping them and putting them under the tree, but then I realized how much paper (and time!) that would take. Instead, I evicted our board book collection from its basket and refilled it with holiday books numbered from 1-24. Tie a red ribbon around it and we’re done!

Even though there’s still a week to go until Christmas, I’m pretty confident the picture book Advent calendar will make a triumphant return next season. It’s low maintenance, the kids love it and it’s a great way to snuggle up and enjoy the holidays. While the surprise of opening the books might make wrapping worthwhile for some families, having them visible and available throughout December has been the right fit for us. Sometimes we read more than one each night and the kiddo pulls out his favorites to flip through as well.

Here are the books we have in the basket this year:

The other Advent calendar we’re using this year came from Flying Tiger and we filled it ourselves with Duplo pieces. I gave the kiddo cards that show some of the animals that can be made with this set of blocks, so he’s been looking forward to each day’s pieces. Since the dates on the calendar aren’t in sequence, it’s also been good practice for his number recognition.

I did wrap all of the Duplo – 24 tiny, irregularly shaped pairs of blocks – and even though unwrapping them is fun, I’m not sure I’d do it again. The calendar itself is small enough to pack away with the Christmas decorations, so we may fill the pockets with different treats next year.

Does your family have a favorite Advent calendar or another tradition for counting down to Christmas? I’d love to hear about it!

Happiest of holidays,
kuri xx

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