December 1, 2013

A Bookish Advent Calendar (In Case You're Running Late Like Me)

Why yes, it is 10:15pm on December 1st. Too late to start an Advent tradition? "No way!" I say. Especially if your kids are small - they have no idea that you're "supposed" to start on the 1st.

Thus, let me share the bookish tradition I started last year with Eleanor, and am doing again this year. And yes, it involved some super frantic gift-wrapping this afternoon.

Creating an Easy and Inexpensive Book Advent Calendar for Christmas

Last year I spent $8 on the supplies. This year I spent $5 more (because I couldn't resist that ADORABLE Monster's University wrapping paper and because my sleep-deprived brain forgot about last year's Toy Story paper, and I bought more, ha. But I didn't buy any more gift items this year).

You can see exactly how my mental processes work in my post from last year. This year was similar, with 13 books, 6 movies, 2 crafts, 2 puzzles, and 1 ornament.

I only put in two small suncatcher crafts because we're doing a lot of crafting this month anyway as part of our nightly Truth in the Tinsel devotions. (By the way, you can click here to visit Truth in the Tinsel. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a great advent devotional to do with toddlers or preschoolers! And the printable coloring ornaments make it a cinch.) 

The six movies are mostly classics like Frosty the Snowman, plus The Toy That Saved Christmas and Prep & Landing. One puzzle is Rudolph, the other is Mickey and Minnie. Oh, and I did spend money on the ornament (it's a super cute one of two snowgirl sisters!), but that counts as one of Eleanor's Christmas gifts, so I didn't include it in my Advent total).

Creating an Easy and Inexpensive Book Advent Calendar for Christmas

The 13 books that made the cut this year are the same as last year, plus The Jolly Christmas Postman, The Story of Christmas (which is huge and really cool! I'm so happy I found this one after Christmas last year), and A Cricket's Carol.

So hurry up and wrap your Christmas books, and start your advent on the 3rd this year. Or the 10th? Or the 19th? Don't worry, I feel your pain. I'm pretty sure our holiday cards will get mailed out in January. Newborn life, sheesh.

Do you celebrate Advent?

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