Something I’ve learned about myself. I enjoy starting family traditions. Years before my husband Kevin and I even started our family, I already had several family traditions on stand-by.
One of them was a refillable advent calendar. I wanted to be able to customize the treats inside for my family each year. Plus, advent calendars started as a German tradition and since Kevin’s side of the family (their last name is Jaeger) is from Germany, it seemed like a perfect fit! It’s also a fun way for the entire family to count down the days until Christmas Day.
I bought a wooden advent calendar with larger compartments so I had more flexibility with the size of my treats. I specifically picked this one though because it shows the Nativity Scene – a wonderful reminder of what Christmas is supposed to be about.
For treats, I like to include a variety of edible treats, small gifts, quotes and family activities. The activities I write down on cute paper.
Here are some ideas for treats I’m going to use in my family’s advent calendar:
- Hershey’s candy cane kisses
- Mini candy canes
- Christmas quotes
- Bible verses
- Hot chocolate packets
- Tickets to see a Christmas-themed show like The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol
- Look at Christmas lights
- Read a Christmas-themed book like The Polar Express
- Go ice skating
- Christmas stickers
- Bake cookies
- Volunteer at the food bank
- Board game night
- Watch a Christmas-themed movie like Home Alone (with popcorn of course!)
With a refillable advent calendar, you can customize some of the treats to your children’s ages as they grow older. But others you will want to keep every year because it’s family tradition!
Refillable Wooden Advent Calendars also make a wonderful family keepsake that can be passed down from generation to generation. And with it the memories.
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. – Margaret Thatcher
Do you have other advent calendar treat ideas? Queen Darlene and I would love to see them! Please put them in the comments section below.