advent calendar

This week on Babyccino Kids:

Growing up with a German mother, celebrating advent was a big deal and magical to us children.  In our family I have so much fun putting together and collecting gifts for the advent calendar.  Henrik is now at such a wonderful age where he gets really excited to open each advent. This year I found some great paper advent bags at Ikea and couldn't pass them up.  I like to keep things simple and I just tied twine to the staircase.  I then attached the bags to the twine with wooden close  pins going up the stairs.

I rotate the gifts so that my two children get something every other day.  I usually give them small gifts that range from $1-$4.  I also like to pick gifts that they can get a lot of play out of.  Because I have a 22 month old that is into everything I only put one advent gift in at a time the night before.

It's so great to see their excited faces when they open their advent bag.  I think it makes counting down till Christmas so much fun and bearable for children.