COUNT DOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Today in one week my daughter will open her first “door” of her new advents calendar. Of course, with 19 months she won’t be fully understanding the concept of this long tradition (at least in Germany, where I am from) but it will be exciting for her and set the start of a new tradition in her life. I do love advent calendars — it’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions and I can’t wait to share it with her.
So an advents calendar has 24 “doors/ pockets” and you start to open door 1 on December 1st and so on - such a fun run-up to Christmas. Each door hides a little present, treat or note. You don’t believe the excitement in kids eyes, every morning, every year again, to open the daily door and to find out which little present is waiting for them today.
On my recent trip to Germany I was lucky enough that retailers start early on with all things holiday related. In Germany, basically your parents keep refilling those calendars each year, till you move out. I know, what a treat, right? So I picked an advents calendar with this in mind, hoping it will last all those years to come. Ours is from Kaethe Kruse, a German toy manufacturer going back to 1911 following their principle “Only the hand can make what, through the hand, goes back to the heart.” This pretty much sums it up what the brand stands for and why I chose one of their calendars. Another great brand is Maileg.
If you are more the DIY person – check out those neat ideas:
Have you made an advent calender before?