We decided to try making our own experiential advent calendar this year. Silas is not a chocolate fan, and those Lego/Playmobil calendars are so darn spendy (and I’m not sure that 2 1/2 year old August would really get those).
We have something planned for every day until Christmas Eve. Some are big (tomorrow we’re going on a Downtown Seattle Extravaganza, seeing the gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, the Teddy Bear Suite, carousel, and more). Some are small – today Silas got instructions printed out to build a Lego Christmas Tree (out of Legos we already have). We also wrapped our holiday books and we open one per day.
There have been some stumbles (like planning to do salt dough ornaments today and not getting around to it) but so far, it’s so fun. Silas is obsessed with holidays (all of them), so having a little something to look forward to everyday is really giving him something to focus on, instead of just obsessing about when Christmas is.
Aug is just along for the ride, having fun, opening books at the wrong time, taking ornaments off the tree and declaring, “Here this is!” Thanks, buddy. We were looking for that. 🙂