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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Advent Boxes.

December is one week away and with that starts the big countdown to Christmas. I grew up with miscellaneous advent calendars with neatly wrapped chocolates tucked inside. Sometimes we had the ones with little pictures of the nativity hidden beneath the picture window.

How fun it was to have a little something to open each and every day.

Two Christmas's ago I stumbled upon a craft by Martha Stewart that I knew, even I, not the craftiest cat on this planet, could accomplish.

And the past two years we've filled the boxes with little surprises and awaited the countdown to Christmas.


The boxes have been hung, in a new spot this year. More accessible for little arms and legs. I'm working on filling them now. New ideas have struck me this year. Yes, there will be the little candies and coins (and sometimes even dollars). But I'm adding coupons for the kids to redeem and hoping to do a little grab bag for a few of the days as well.

All this to say, I'm giving you plenty of time if you'd like to make your own set of advent boxes to use this December. You can find information here. The boxes you can find anywhere from Michaels to JoAnn Fabrics to even some Targets. Paint the boxes the colors you want and need. Then place number stickers and tags on. In two-three hours you can have them done too. I used push pins to stick them into the wall.

One last thing, before starting painting it's best to number the boxes with a pencil so you know and don't have six green boxes in a row. This way you can plan format and space.

Enjoy!

If you do have these boxes or plan to make them, what do YOU place inside?

Also....I am need of some computer/blog help. If you are really savvy or know someone who is, will you please contact me? I am having trouble with some two blogger features. Thanks in advance!

2 Comments:

Blogger Kim said...

I love this box idea, so much fun & way better than 1 tiny piece of candy. But of course, I already got my chocolate advent calendars at Trader Joes, cause they are cheap there, and they are hidden up in a cupboard! I was wondering though, do you have a set of boxes for each child or do you have them share what's inside each box and take turns being the one to open?

November 25, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger simplicity said...

Hey Kim! No we only have one set of the boxes (can you imagine three soon to be four sets??!??) So yes they switch off, I just stick 3 for now of each item. At some point we'll probably have to start just putting one in there and whoever opens it gets it and then have the other items elsewhere as some of the boxes are too small. Hope that makes sense and clarifies.

November 25, 2009 at 6:59 PM  

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