Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Last year we had a chocolate Advent calendar from Trader’s Joe, and Anna loved it. This year we upgraded to a simple self-made calendar. We debated for a while what to put inside. I made nice activity cards (do a puzzle, watch a movie, etc.), but my husband pointed out to me (wisely, as it turned out) that our daughter will run to the calendar first thing in the morning and it’s not necessarily a good time to fight with her about delaying Nov30_AdventCalenda1_SMthe activity for later. Besides, as he also pointed out, the only thing that she doesn’t get to do whenever she wants is to eat chocolate. That’s why our calendar only has chocolate inside and some small toys for Sundays. Anna was very excited to discover it in the morning. It took her no time at all to discover #1 and grab it. We didn’t even have time to go downstairs to watch her unwrap it – the photo was taken by my mom.

Advent Storybook

We went back and forth on introducing Anna to Christian aspects of Christmas, and decided to go ahead with it, since, after all, this is such a big part of our culture. Her new book on the first Advent was this Advent Storybook. Interestingly, it’s a book by a German author that was originally published in Switzerland and later translated into English. It’s a lovely story of a little bear who can’t wait for Christmas to come and every night learns about the journey of another little bear to Bethlehem many years ago. Each short story ends with an exchange between a mother and her son about the religious meaning of the story. I am curious to see how Anna takes this book – I am sure that she will ask very many questions.

13 comments:

Our Little Family said...

Love your Advent system. I think it was a VERY wise idea to not to an activity card and then have to get out the door. You really do such an amazing job; I'm in awe of how you balance it all (and stay sane). :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I like the chocolate idea. :) We JUST checked that very same book out at our library yesterday and read the first story tonight. I did a quick look through the entire book and there is at least one story that we'll have to edit as we read it - about a "robber" who, apparently, is also a "killer"... the rest of the book looks so good, but those are two things I have no intention of exposing M to at 3 years of age.

Adriana said...

I like the hanging candies. I'll have to try that next year. This year I am just trying to keep Mateo from destroying the house!

Julie said...

Our advent calendar has candy in it too. That's what we did last year so C was expecting it and I think he would have been very disappointed if we gave him little toys, even if they were things he liked. Candy is a special treat in our house. :-)

Kylie said...

I like your advent calendar, it simple but looks really funky.

We too bring in quite a bit of religion with our Christmas activities afterall it is a Christian celebrated holiday (well by most Christian's anyway).

Ticia said...

I can't wait to hear what ya'll think of the book too.
That could actually be a way to use up all the Halloween candy we still have......

vanessa said...

Your calendar is really cute!

Susana said...

I really, really like your idea for the advent calendar you are doing.

OK, you know that religion is a huge part of our family and so very important to me, close to my heart from reading my posts, so I have to say, it is putting a smile on my face to see this book you are introducing to Anna!

Debbie said...

I love the idea of the candy in your Advent Calendar!

I love that book that you have chosen to read to Anna. I am so happy to see that you are still wanting to expose Anna to both sides of Christmas, she is one lucky girl!

Kim said...

I LOVE the advent calendar. We also use one with chocolate, and Crumpet was thrilled to open it yesterday. But then he spent the whole day asking for just one more! Very hard to explain that he the calendar would be empty too early if he eats multiple pieces a day!
I'm not terribly religious (my husband is), but since Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Christ, I went ahead and bought a book explaining the first Christmas for Crumpet. There were some pretty extreme ones, but I found a nice mild pop-up one called Step Inside The First Christmas. It was at Barnes and Noble if you are interested.

Crunchy and Green said...

I love the homemade advent calendar, and the chocolate is a great idea. My kids would be in heaven if they had chocolate in theirs' even a few days. I love that you let her open it when she wants to, instead of trying to make her wait until later.

Keri said...

WOW! can i just tell you that your advent calendar is THE CUTEST ONE EVER!!! it would take me forever to pick 25 things and then to wrap them individually- but boy, it is so cute! and great for number recognition! i am bookmarking this for next year!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I'm trying to catch up on comments! I know what you mean about the kids wanting to do the activity right away. Kiddo goes to school so at least I can say, these activities are for after school.