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When it comes to preparing for Christmas, there are so many different ways to get your children involved and excited about the holiday. Advent is a time in December that is widely celebrated especially in Christian communities. It is essentially the time to prepare for the “coming of Jesus”. It is a time for giving and helping others around you. It is a time to show we care.
Advent calendars were created for a way to help children participate in this “preparation. As we all can agree, children don’t have very long attention spans ,especially younger ones. So having them sit through stories upon stories might not be their cup of tea.
Try an Advent Calendar in your house this year! Get your kids involved in the countdown. Teach them something about Christmas every single day or if you are religious tell them ONE thing about . There Jesus everyday. There are so many fun ways to get creative with an advent calendar!
Going to the store and searching for the PERFECT one can be a pain. That is why I do the majority of my shopping online (minus groceries). In order to save you some time, I found the best ones to share with you!
Here are a few simple ones for the youngsters:
Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
This one is my favorite out of all! I absolutely love Melissa & Doug products! They sell quite a variety of educational and imaginative play toys for young kids. Plus it works for girls & boys. This magnetic wooden tree is not only last you many years but will also get your kids more involved. Have each child take turns taking an ornament off the tree. Did I mention the tree is magnetic?! (To learn more, check it out here or click on the picture above.)
Step2 My First Advent Calendar
For the younger kiddos and to avoid choking incidents, this one is right up your alley! Nice size for kids to really interact with and be able to see the numbers as well! Such a fun little toy for the little ones to use this Christmas! (To learn more, check it out here or click on the picture above.)
For a my classic chocolate lover families, this one is for you! Each one comes with 24 delectable chocolate pieces. Now the trick is to find a good hiding spot from all your kids so they don’t eat them all! It also comes with a Santa themed picture! (To learn more, check it out here or click on the picture above).
OurWarm Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar (24 x 35 inch)
Here is a more traditional style and very kid-friendly! It comes with 24 felt ornaments to decorate the tree! With this big sized calendar, your kids will enjoy decorating it every day! What a fun way to get your kids involved! (To learn more, check it out here or click on the picture above).
Now I know I have listed younger kids, but I know some of you may have older kids or you and your partner want to participate in something more age-appropriate. This one is for you! While the picture doesn’t do it justice, this kit comes with 24 envelopes with a variety of different acts of kindness or good deeds to complete everyday. Open one everyday to challenge each member in your family to complete! I adore this idea and brings more of a positive mindset back into why we celebrate Christmas. Bring the “good” back into this festive season and drive out the stress! (To learn more, check it out here or click on the picture above!)
Well there ya have it folks! Try out the advent calendar this year and bring your family together this Christmas season!