Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Advent Calendar with a twist!

I love the whole Christmas season; it's summer, the whole world smells like delicious tropical fruit and tinsel, and Santa Claus is coming to town! When I was a kid my parents always went out of their way to make sure that Christmas was a truly magical time for us. Now that we have a child of our own I am keen to do the same for him. Nothing helps build the anticipation for Christmas Day better than an advent calendar but my little guy is still to little for the usual chocolate. So what is a mumma to do?

Books to count down the days until Christmas

Change it up! Instead of the usual chocolate-a-day advent calendar I have made one with a book-a-day. A child can never have too many books, in my opinion, and how much fun will it be to watch him unwrap a book and discover it each and every day until Christmas?

Pick a colour theme for your wrapping and number each package

I just scoured the local charity shops and picked up handfuls of books for 50c or $1 a pop in basically new condition, and also bought a few on sale from those little pop up discount book shops that appear in shopping centres. I chose a colour scheme and went to town with the wrapping and embellishing making sure each one was numbered. The little shelves are actually spice racks from Ikea that I painted with left over house paint. All up the entire project came in under $50.

Up on the wall in the playroom
I can't wait until December 1 so Luca can start opening one each afternoon to read with Daddy. An Advent Book Calendar is such a fun way to build not only the anticipation for Christmas but also to build bub's reading library too!


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