First, we have this one that Noodlebug got when he was a toddler. He still loves it:
Last year, I got Noodle a LEGO Advent calendar but it was a big dud. The pieces for each day were so odd. The theme seemed to be "police and criminals" which didn't translate very well for the holidays. So, this year we are trying a Playmobil calendar:
I recently downloaded the EVERDAY EMMANUEL e-book from "What's in the Bible." I am always looking for ways to get back to the true meaning of Christmas. It includes some printables for making your own posterboard Advent Calendar and using the characters from the video series. I finished it just in time for Advent! The book includes a variety of activities that you can do during Advent. More than enough to put one in each slot:
The "Countdown to Christmas" and mini-Buck Denver were included in the e-book. I used mini-envelopes cut in half for the pockets and an Advent calendar printable from HOW DOES SHE for the numbers. Our first activity was to make a "Hope" ornament for the the first Advent calendar. (the ornament printable was included in the e-book)
My husband brought home a Trader Joe's chocolate Advent calendar from work. Then, we made sticker Advent calendars in Sunday School this past weekend. So....we are at FIVE Advent calendars and counting!!!
I have wanted to make a cookie sheet Advent Calendar for years and thought I would finally do one this year but I think three calendars might be enough. I already have to worry about the arrival of our Elf on the Shelf. (Ours is called Crumpet and he'll be here December 1)
I'm really glad my Christmas shopping is basically done so I can just focus on family traditions and the real "reason for the season."
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far!