Our new holiday tradition

Its almost December and I have always wanted to do an Advent calender. So, after searching the internet and pinterest, I decided to make my own with a little twist.

There are so many great ideas out there I couldn’t pick just one. But I knew I wanted ours to be special and our own. So, taking a cue from some fabulous blogs and pics and ideas, I created this super awesome Countdown to Christmas calender for my boys.

I found this idea from the blog, “It is what it is” by Beth Proudfoot,

I loved the bag and number idea. So I headed to Wal-Mart and found these super great holiday bags. I know brown lunch sacks would do just great as well, but I wanted something different. They were only $.25 each. I grabbed 25.

I also printed out the link for the count down circles from the same blog.

I had my bags now I just needed something special to place inside each one. Then I came across the blog “All things simple” and loved these little Things to do cards.

So now I had to come up with 25 Christmas things to do this month. One for each day. Plus a lollypop. I knew I wanted things like Look at Christmas Lights, make hot chocolate, write Santa a letter, and so on. But, I wanted something different. Something that would mean something to only them. Then I remember that I had purchased these recordable story books from the after Christmas clearance at Hallmark. They were a steal at only $9.98 each!

So, I gave each set of grandparents a book and had them record a story for the boys. Now, I can place “Read a story with Grandma and Grandpa” onto two of the cards! I know they will love this!

Now, I just needed to figure out how to display them. The Workman Family blog posted a pic of this fabulous bucket idea!

Hmmm… Now to find a bucket!!! Yikes!I have this suitcase as decor in our living room. I think it will be perfect!

Now, to put it all together and enjoy our Christmas Countdown.

I will post the final pic tomorrow morning after its all set up and when the boys discover the countdown calender. Can’t wait!!!!

***UPDATE***

Putting together our advent calender.

Boys are very excited to get started! Let the countdown begin!