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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our New Advent Tradition...

About two weeks ago my mother in law called me with a surprise she had for the girls. It sounded like a wonderful idea over the phone. It was even better when I saw it in person.

Our Advent tower
There are 24 little drawers on this Advent tower. They have to turn the tower to find what day of December we are on and in each drawer my mother in law made an ornament for each of my girls. (I only peeked at one drawer and it happened to be the one that had ornaments that were our girls favorite animals.)

My girls have a 4 foot Christmas tree that stands at the top of the stairway in our hallway upstairs near their bedrooms. Last year was the first year for this. The girls made their own paper cut decorations for it without even asking me if I had ornaments for it. (I had a few but I was going to look for more "kid-friendly" ones without hooks and that weren't breakable.)


The girls' bare tree waiting for a
new ornament to be added each
day as they countdown to Christmas!

This year they will be decorating their tree with an ornament each day as we count our way down to Christmas with our Advent tower. They are still sleeping as I write this but they are extremely excited to start this new tradition this morning.

Ash is going to open the boxes marked with the odd days (she will start the fun since she is the oldest...see that, there is an advantage to be the oldest!). Bean will take the even days. The Advent tower stops with day 24 so my mother in law gave each of them a special ornament to open the morning of Christmas before we head down to open their presents from Santa.

Each morning, I will take a picture of the girls opening their box and putting their new ornament on their tree. I will be posting them to my Twitter account at @KristenPGIP. I think this will be a fun way to keep track of the countdown.

Happy December everyone!!!

I'm sharing our new Advent countdown with everyone at Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. Stop by and check it out! It's a lot of fun and may just put you in the holiday mood you have been waiting for :-)

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15 Comments:

At December 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Melanie said...

I love, love, love this idea. I may do this next year for my kids.

 
At December 1, 2011 at 8:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea,not to mention a wonderful new family tradition! I say gram Higgins "rocks"!!!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

Kristen~ I love it! That is a wonderful idea :) I may have to invest in one of these next year. I bet the girls will love this new tradition. :D xo

 
At December 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

What an awesome idea! I love the little tower and having ornaments in each drawer for their tree! Good job Grandma! I bet the girls are excited!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Carolina said...

Great idea! I wonder how my teenage girls will like it??!!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Heather said...

So cute! My girls have their own tree too that they "decorated" last weekend.

Now of course because of my history with Advent Calendars and am immediately thinking "Is she going to fill it again next year?"

Can't wait to see the pictures!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

Very special idea and something my kids would have just loved!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM , Blogger I'm Jennifer. said...

I love that Advent tower! Your mother-in-law rocks!

Visiting from Mama Kat's!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM , Blogger Julia Hunter said...

I love this advent calender and the idea of an ornament a day! Stopping by from Mama Kat's

 
At December 1, 2011 at 8:41 PM , Blogger Sara said...

Cute idea! Emailed you about the giveaway!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Rachael said...

I love that advent tower, so pretty!

 
At December 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM , Blogger Carri said...

This is the first year I've heard of an Advent tower! Do you just put a little treat in each box or ??

 
At December 2, 2011 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Maren said...

Oh, that is a really great idea! I absolutely loved it! My family tradition is that the tree comes up on the 23rd of December, but this idea is just too good!

 
At December 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I really love your tower! What a wonderful gift!

 
At December 7, 2011 at 1:18 AM , Blogger Naila Moon of the Grey Wolf said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate Advent.
~Naila Moon

http://yaknowstuff.blogspot.com/2011/12/2nd-week-of-adventpart-two.html

 

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