How to create a Christmas advent calendar
Some love the build-up: the making of lists, the decking of halls, the buying of the tree, the wrapping, the time off work, the watching old movies together… the list goes on. But Christmas can be an expensive time of year. Which is reason enough to make one or two of the things you need, rather than depositing your hard-earned cash at the local retail park. As well as its economy, making things is also environmentally sound and can promote mindfulness.
Read on to discover how to create your very own advent calendar.
There is something deeply nostalgic about opening an advent calendar and devouring the chocolate treat the moment you wake up. However, advent calendars seem to be getting more and more costly, containing everything from toys to toiletries, candles to mini gins.
So, we thought it would be a great idea to create your own. As well as making economic sense, this idea also gives you an opportunity to spend some quality time together with loved ones.
Here, we provide a few ideas about creating your own advent calendar. Adding your own personal touch will ensure recipients feel just a little bit special.
Start with the holder for all your little gifts. There are plenty of beautiful designs that you can buy from the shops with pockets to fill or drawers in which to hide those chocolate coins. Alternatively, you can get creative and make your own. Here are a few ideas:
• Hang individually wrapped presents from Christmas tree branches
• Use a pretty coat hanger
• Stick 24 festive envelopes to a large board
• Fill a large jar with little envelopes or notes and let them select one each day
• Collect small boxes or matchboxes and pile together for a cute display
There are two broad approaches people usually take for the daily treats. One route is to fill your holder with treats and the other is to fill it with things to do.
The treats need not be expensive, otherwise your homemade creation will cost you more than a shop-bought variety. A single chocolate coin is all you need to make someone smile.
If you prefer the things-to-do idea, you could simply build the excitement around outings or activities you already have planned. For example, gingerbread baking, a trip to choose the Christmas tree or a silly Christmas disco.
You could also add a small item to some of the calendar’s windows to make it more fun. So, a small bag of popcorn for a family movie night or some sweets for decorating the gingerbread house.
Remember, your homemade calendar needn’t be just be for the kids. Tailor it to your partner or best friend for a really thoughtful gift.
Think outside the box
One other idea that is lovely to do is the reverse advent calendar. Each day you place a food item in a box and then deliver to your local foodbank for someone to enjoy.
The following list provides some ideas you could include in your children’s calendar:
• Decorate the Christmas tree
• Go Christmas lights spotting
• Gingerbread baking
• Trip to see Father Christmas
• PJs and Polar Express night
• Perform a random act of kindness
• Make Christmas cards
• Read a Christmas story
• Make reindeer food
• Go ice skating
• Play a family board game
• Send your letter to Father Christmas
• Chocolate coins
• Christmas craft kits
• Christmas socks
• Lego pieces
• Hair clips
• Toy car
• Christmas tree decoration
• Cookie cutter