|Image taken by my little guy!|
On the day after Thanksgiving our sweet, innocent 4 year old woke up (and stayed up, mind you!) at FOUR (4) AM because he was SO excited for Christmas!
I'd had this cute twist on an advent calendar in mind, but it became a necessity when we realized he was going to wake up early and excited every single day until his Christmas dreams came true!
Most of these sweet socks were actually worn by my babies, (some of them are colorful hand me downs from a very special friend - you know who you are!) and some of them I shamelessly scavenged from the 25 cent bin at our favorite consignment shop because of their radiant and whimsical patterns! I didn't go ahead and fill each sock (to help keep temptation at bay) but each night I put a little scrap of paper with something special we've planned for the next day and a little treat in the appropriate sock so it's ready for the next morning.
I've done some necessary activities like "decorate the entry" or "put up the Christmas tree" and other very simple ones like "take a walk tonight to see neighborhood Christmas lights." Later in the month I have some more serious ones like "help a hungry person eat a hot lunch," and "give away too small coats to kids who need them," and there is a daddy-son and a mommy-son date to be snuck in for our oldest. I put activities that we were already planning ("Tonight is our church's Christmas musical!" and "Bake & decorate Christmas cookies with sprinkles," etc.) as well as some surprise events ("Invite some friends for hot chocolate and a movie at our house this afternoon") to keep him guessing, and it's turning into a great way to keep him happy but not overwhemingly excited for the Big Day.
As for the treats, last year I bought a cute ready-made calendar from Ikea and it was basically a plastic candy mold covered in pretty cardboard with windows over each candy for the days of December. After the holiday I tore off the cardboard and kept that adorable candy mold! So this year I'm making a few candies at a time with it (each has a different design - adorable) and putting 2 in each sock at night. (Gotta love re-using/repurposing! Yay!)
Now if you're inspired to make your own, here are some ideas: I've seen lots of cute sock advent displays, but my favorite (and first...) was Sara's. Love it!
|image from www.sara-mincy.blogspot.com|
And of course there's this adorable one (that's been pinned 5 kajillion times!) by the lovely Martha.
|Image from www.marthastewart.com|
|image from www.littlebitfunky.com|
Sooo, now that you're all inspired just give Pinterest a little search and see what ideas you get. And if you get busy, I'd love to see what you do! Happy month of joy!