I love Christmas. It’s really my favourite time of the year. I’m particularly excited this year because Alexie is a little older and I think will really grasp the excitement of the season. For that reason, I really want to build our family traditions. So, I set out to make an advent calendar for us.
I did lots of research on Pinterest, looking at different ideas for our family advent calendar. I really liked the idea of it being interactive, involving more than just counting down the days until we open presents. The idea od having a little activity to do each day or a special treat was really appealing. I had done something similar a few years back when I was teaching and it was a hit with the kids.
While out shopping, I found these little tins and had a moment of inspiration. I could easily place a little note inside with our day’s activity or even a small token or treat. But where would I put them? I thought I would take advantage of Alexie’s love for fridge magnets. I found these great little countdown stickers at Michaels. They were priced at $8.49, but the sign said they were $4.99. I then used a 50% off coupon and got them for $2.50, a price I was willing to pay. They ended up being so cute, easy and fun. It was hard to take just one each morning.
- 25 small tins like the ones used for wedding favours
- 25 round magnets
- Superglue or Gorilla glue
- Stickers, coloured paper or whatever you’d like to decorate the front of the tins
- Glue if needed
- Remove the lid and gently press on the plastic covering. With a little pressure, it should pop out.
- Using various stickers or paper decorate the front of the plastic. Use glue if needed. Mark each tin with a number from 1 to 25.
- Once dried, carefully pop the cover back into the lid.
- Using the superglue, glue the small magnet on the back. Give it lots of time to dry.
- Fill with little notes, activities or even candies. Place them on your fridge and have a fun each morning leading up to Christmas!