"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."- Leonardo da Vinci


Advent Countdown

It's that time of the year again! The holidays have snuck up on us, the first snowfall has already happened, and the countdown to Christmas begins. 

Now that I have made an Advent Calendar for 3 years in a row, the expectation has been set, and my son started asking days ago when this years' will be ready.

I just finished setting it up yesterday, and I find that it makes the house look festive. We're slowly setting up our Christmas decorations and we have a few cookie baking days set aside, these also having been requested by my son. I have to say, I am pleased to see that the little traditions I started a few years ago seem to already be ingrained and looked forward to. To me it means that he will have happy memories as an adult and that is exactly what I was hoping for.

On a more practical note, I am starting to run out of ideas as to what to fill the calendar with! I started with a puzzle, went on to a Playmobil one, last year's was filled with activities, and this year, every day he will get to unveil a Lego piece. 
What about next year?

Ideas? Suggestions? I realize I have another year to come up with something....still....help!

Tell me about your Christmas traditions. Anything that makes the countdown special? Something the kids can't get enough of? I am open to ideas, so go ahead, share!

And A Happy Advent-time to everyone.


  1. My little one is still a bit small for the advent calendar, but this is a great idea! I know playmobil has a fun one, I'm hoping it goes very on sale after Christmas and I can pick it up then, to put away. but also you could put little craft supplies, or kinder suprise toys, or maybe some puzzle pieces, so that when the month is over, they have a completed puzzle? Hmm.

    1. Hi Julie, She'll love it! Next year little Lila will surely be ready. I started the first year with a 24 piece puzzle as well, and he had lots of fun with it. And yes, I always pick up a Playmobil or Lego Advent calendar on sale for the year to come!

  2. That's a cute idea! Maybe I'll have to do that next year. But with 3 kids, it'll take up my entire house to have 3 separate ones, lol.. they'll have to share. I like the puzzle idea or the activities one. My kids are happy with chocolate, they all love chocolate, lol!