When my kids were small I found this super cute advent calendar and I was so excited to snatch it up. Advent calendars weren’t really a big tradition for us growing up and this one was so adorable I didn’t even realize it was missing from my life until I saw it.
Gleefully, I headed home with it in tow and visions of fun Christmas memories being made around this tiny set of drawers.
But with most of my motherhood adventures, when I think I’m at my most brilliant…. things always seem to go terribly, terribly awry.
What could go wrong with an advent calendar?
Well for starters… you have to fill it.
And for years I was perpetually stumped. Candy? A small toy? What to do?!! This was well before Pinterest and blogs were available and I had no ideas. The real problem wasn’t that there weren’t any good ideas… it was (as usual) I was overthinking it. My expectations were far to grand for anything that could possibly fit in these wee boxes.
Instead of a fun family tradition, this advent calendar seriously became the bane of my personal holiday existence.
The good news is there are bloggers that are more clever than I ever was about advent calendars and they’ve got it dialed in. Advent calendars CAN be beautiful and so much fun.
If you are looking to create an advent calendar or needing ideas on how to fill it, read on:
And if you want to straight up buy one, I recommend Forest Friends Christmas House Advent Calendar
Don’t forget to check out Storypiece on Facebook for all of kinds of Christmas ideas this season. Next week we will be talking about amazing holiday treats. It’s going to be delicious and the discussion is calorie free.