Sunday, December 15, 2013

Grow Your Heart Advent Calendar

This fall I was chatting with friends about advent calendars.  A few have those cute little boxes where doors open to reveal little presents.  I had been eyeing the Silhouette Advent Calendar for a year.  But, we all asked each other, what can we do instead of 25 days of presents and candy?!

Then my lovely friend Kate gave me an idea she had seen in Yum for Kids! magazine: a Grow Your Heart advent!

The Grinch grew his heart in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and so I hoped we could remember that the holidays are about something more.  Taking ideas from the article, I got my advent calendar from Silhouette and set about making tickets for the days of advent.  First, I lined the back of the frame with Grinch fabric. Then, for each day, the kids slide out a ticket and it reveals a good deed or festive activity for the day.  "Tell someone in your family you love them, read someone a book, give your brother/sister a complement today..."

No presents, no candy, and we get to read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas more!  We all win!

Wishing you and yours lots of Who-like fa-hoo forays and a very Merry Christmas!!