We took our kids to LEGO store last weekend, and bought my son a LEGO Advent Calendar.
Oh, the joy when he realized that he’d get to open one box at the time and one new LEGO prize would be his every day until Christmas. Oh, the sorrow and heartache, when he realized that he couldn’t open the first one until 1st of December. I love the idea of Advent Calendars, because half of any fun is the planning and the anticipation. Cherish every moment, every day of this Holiday season; Advent Calendars make entire December special. Many of these Advent Calendars also make a great Christmas gift, because they are reusable year after year.
ADVENT CALENDARS FOR EVERYONE
MODERN ADVENT CALENDARS
This Christmas Tree Wall Decal Advent Calendar ($26.95) by Willow Creek Designs is just brilliant. OK, I admit, first I didn’t get it, – how a wall decal can be an Advent Calendar? Well, each day you add an ornament on the top of the number and by 24th your tree is full!
REUSABLE ADVENT CALENDARS
This is a great semi-home made idea – get this UFill Christmas Advent Calendar ($65) by Polka Stripe Studio and you are almost set for years to use the same one over and over again and this coming a family tradition. The catch is – you will get to make it your own and special each year by filling the little boxes with surprises.
Also Pottery Barn sells a few different reusable Advent Calendars this year. This Burlap Sack Advent Calendar ($99) looks easier to use each year, and its simple linen beauty makes it to fit in any home, traditional or modern.
HEIRLOOM ADVENT CALENDARS
On the Potter Barn Kids side they have a very cute fairly traditional looking Christmas tree Advent Calendar, but I almost like this House Advent Calendar ($99) better – it’s something new! I also like how you can personalize it with your family name; great tradition/heirloom to pass on too!
ECO CHIC ADVENT CALENDAR
This Funky Primitive Advent Calendar ($129) by Recycled Art Co is perfect for Eco Chic homes to be used again and again each year with the Christmas countdown numbers made of recycled license plates.
ADVENT CALENDARS FOR KIDS
My son is 7 and he is a huge LEGO fan. It comes the cheapest to not even look at the small LEGO boxes and trying to think of a way to stretch them for 24 days but get the LEGO Advent Calendar ($34). The cheapest LEGO City Advent Calendar comes with 24 small LEGO surprises, including a Christmas tree, snowman and 6 figurines, and there is also another LEGO City Advent Calendar ($73.72), a much better version of it with double the LEGO goodness but the price is double too.
For Disney fans this Reusable Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar ($29.90) is a great way to have lots of hidden Mickeys – of you can just fill it each year with candy!
Make sure to check out the Advent Calendars for 2011 as well!