I've got a couple of great ideas to share with you today for Advent calendars. My mum has made calendars for the kids again this year and her idea for this December was a beauty. Just had to take some pics to share.
She brought over a big box for Hannah and one for Jack with their names on top, plus a little box each. Inside each big box were 24 envelopes - one for each day until Christmas. (They were guessing what might be inside the envelopes - Hannah thought it might be money and Jack thought it might be fluffs, yes he's very 4!)
Once December 1st arrived they discovered that inside each envelope is a jigsaw piece so each day they're adding 2 more pieces to the Christmas puzzle. And the little boxes - they've got M and Ms for a little chocolate treat each day too - yum. We're 5 days, 10 jigsaw pieces and quite a few M and Ms into our countdown and having lots of fun. What a great idea.
Here's a couple more of mum's advent creations from previous years. One time she decorated this for Hannah - each drawer had a little treasure.
And for Jack - who was a little young for the drawers - she made a 12" calendar and each day he stuck on a Christmas sticker (and had a smartie.)
I've been getting ready for Christmas today too with the annual attempt to get a nice shot of the kids for my Christmas cards. I've decided the requirements for this are lots of patience, a sense of humour and definitely definitely a digital camera!! Some chocolates for bribery come in handy too. I tried a few different locations in the house, and a few different positions of children ..... after lots and lots and lots of pics we found a winner.
Put some of our attempts into a collage - do you like Jack's suggestion for a nice pose? I'm guessing you'll be able to spot it.
And our photo for 2010? I think we'll go with this one ....
Now to come up with a card design for it!
Hope you're having a great weekend with lots of smiles.