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One of the holiday traditions that we look forward to the most in our family is having an Advent Calendar. I remember having one as a child -- putting candy canes into the slots each day as we counted down to Christmas Eve. And now we do one with our kids too.
Our countdown changes each year -- sometimes we have a traditional Advent Calendar where the kids open up the littles doors and peek in to find a riddle, joke or fun fact about the holidays.
And sometimes our countdown consists of hidden slips of paper that the kids have to hunt for in order to find out what we are doing that day -- an outdoor adventure, volunteer activity or easy fun at home with the family!
And then there are those years when I'll pull together an interactive Advent Calendar that not only helps us count down the days but also doubles as a decoration.
This is one of those years -- our oldest in a high school Senior this year so I know I won't have another countdown with him at home for the entire month of December. It's a little bittersweet -- you love to see the kids grow up into confident young adults but you so miss those days when they would crawl up on your lap for a Christmas story.
So this year's Advent Calendar will include all of our favorite things from the past -- and best of all, I'm upcycling so many items as I create it!