I knew I wanted to make an advent calendar focused around activities this year. I considered a lot of options like date-specific things that were planned each day, i.e. going to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, but ultimately I decided that when I plan too much and get too technical, it becomes more stressful and I'm not about that life. Plus, the surprise factor is fun for both of us! Also, concerts are expensive *shrug*
Back in 2016. Wait, 2015? I can't remember. Doesn't matter. Back when I had a house full of people, we did a "staycation" where we spun a wheel (this is the one - it's magnetic and we stuck it to the fridge) to determine what activity we would do each day. The kids freaking LOVED it. So I applied that concept in a new way. Introducing:
Every morning when my son is done with breakfast, he plays to see what we get to do that day after school. It's super fun. I'm not gonna lie, I like it too.
In no particular order, these are the activities in the eggs:
Most of the activities are free or inexpensive. It's about spending time together and helping people, not necessarily spending tons of money.
Something we also do every year is adopt an angel to buy Christmas presents for. I didn't include it in the activities list because usually those gifts need to be donated by early to mid December and I didn't want to take the chance that we wouldn't make it.
Something else I started this year is a little Christmas village. Almost the entire thing are pieces from this collection and it's on super sale right now! My son loves to look at them in the store, and I know he will love to set it up each year, even as a reluctant teenager. This year I got some basics and a couple bigger pieces - a tiny house (I'm serious, I will have one one day and I'll live in it or Airbnb it out and you can come stay in it) and a carousel that moves - and each year we will choose a new piece to add to it. I think it will be a fun tradition! Again, not super expensive (when you get them on sale, ha!) and something we will do together. That's what's most important.
I bought this one. It's smaller than I thought it would be (heh), but it works as it should and I like it. No complaints. It comfortably holds about 9-10 Easter eggs in 1 layer, so I will add eggs in after a few days to get up to 24. If you have something else that isn't as slippery - like small stuffed toys or fun size candy, then you could fit more because the claw can grip those things better. My son loves it, and he's excited to keep it as a toy after we're done using it for our advent CLAWendar!
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