My mother never went for it.
Now I understand why. Most Advent Calendars reveal candy or a trinket each day the child crosses a date off the calendar. In a household with more than one kid, one Advent calendar can lead to squabbling.
One solution is to buy one countdown calendar for each kid. However, that doubles the amount of work filling it and trinkets the kids receive during one of the busiest times and already gift laden times of the year.
My solution is use an Advent calendar that focuses on the countdown instead of prizes each day. I like the countdown calendars better because you can reuse them year after year with little effort.
Here are a five of my favorite reusable countdown Advent calendars.
Woodland Cabin Advent Calendar by Gardner’s Supply I like this calendar because it doesn’t look like a traditional countdown calendar. The little wooden cabin has 24 magnetic doors that open to reveal an animal such as a chipmunk, mouse, fox, and bald eagle. The 24th door reveals a wreath. How sweet!
Miles Kimball Advent Candle Countdown candles are very popular in Denmark. You burn one marked day at a time until Christmas day. The year I bought one, Husband and I burned the candle each night during dinner. Pretty!
Lego Build Your Own Holiday Countdown Candle If you have little ones (or a spouse), you can’t quite trust around a burning candle each night, building a Lego Countdown Candle might work better for you. Just remove each marked day from the candle instead of burning it – easy and safe!
Hallmark Countdown to Christmas Magnetic Countdown Calendar with 24 Magnets is handy if you lack table display space for a count down calendar. Kids count down the days to Christmas by removing a colorful Santa, reindeer, etc. magnet from the calendar.
Oh Christmas Tree Fabric Advent Calendar Unlike the magnet calendar, this calendar encourages children to countdown the days to Christmas by adding items to the calendar by removing a Velcro backed ornament from each day’s pocket and sticking it to the calendar’s Christmas tree.
Do you use a countdown Advent calendar to keep track of the days before Christmas?
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