Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My Advent Calender - Christmas 2008

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Over 10 years ago I read somewhere about a women who did 24 days of Christmas with her children by wrapping their Christmas books, DVDs, video tapes.

About 3 months ago I went through the kids book cases and pulled out anything that was related to Christmas and stored them in a bin in a closet. November 30th I spent about an hour wrapping all the books and movies and put them in a basket.

December 1st I put the basket on the table for the kids to see when they woke up. I explained that everyday one of them will open 1 gift and when the basket was empty it would be Christmas.

My son opens on the odd days and my daughter on the even. They keep track of who opens what and I love hearing them discuss the basket. It took about 3 days for them to get the concept. Of course they want to open all of them.

I love this tradition and hope to keep it going for as long as I can.

If it is a book we open, we read it, a movie we watch it and a CD we listen to it. It is a great way to enjoy Christmas for a whole month.

Usually December is about planning and buying all for one day. Then the one day is over on Christmas Day.

With our Advent calender we have Christmas for a month. We love it.


  1. What a neat idea!
    Takes a lot of work on your part but my, what a heritage! Your children will pass it on to their own children.
    Your many shades of ruby especially on the kids is just so beautiful!!!
    Have a great week....Love Terry[Teresa]

    Thanks for your visit. You are right. That little white doggie is a real stinker by times!!

  2. Anonymous1:42 AM

    I like your idea and I also like the RED things in your photos. Very cute. Did you post for Ruby Tuesday? You should.

  3. I love this time of year! Thank you for sharing some of your memories!

  4. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Wow, what a lovely idea! How much fun this must be for everyone. :D

  5. That's a great tradition! Your children must have had great fun!

  6. Thanks for the fun idea. We do the same thing with books. We haven't started yet because I don't have enough books. I'll have to remember to add videos and CD's next year.

  7. Terry, Thanks so much. I hadn't thought about this for a ruby post but you are right.

    Sara, Thank you. I did post for RT. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    Cherish, I LOVE it too. It's the best and gets better every year. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

    CWM, I think it is more fun for me. The kids just want to tear open a present but there was one that my daughter opened and handed to her brother telling him, "here ya go, it's the one you wanted."

    ReaderWil, Thanks! I hope it is something they enjoy for years to come and hopefully pass on to their kids.

    Jenn, If I don't have enough, you could just do 5, 8, or 10 days of Christmas...whatever number you have. We had because everyone knew this was something I have wanted to do so they spent the last 3 years adding stuff to my collection. Good friends.


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