Instead of hitting the Black Friday sales this year, we had a relaxing day at home where we pulled out all of our Christmas boxes and started in on decorating our house. One of the first things to go up was our mini Christmas tree that I turned into an advent calendar by covering it in cute mini galvanized buckets labeled from 1-25 as a countdown to Christmas:
Most of what I used to label my buckets came from this Heidi Swapp “Believe” Scrapbook Paper Pad that I picked up at Michael’s:
I had bought a live tabletop tree at Stop & Shop earlier in the week – creating the advent tree was as simple as adding some lights, hanging the buckets from its branches, and then putting a few goodies in each bucket:
Most of the buckets were filled with sugary or chocolate treats:
Others have little trinkets like rainbow loom bands:
I also wanted there to be a few surprises so in some of the buckets, I put a note (the paper for the notes came from one of the pages in the scrapbook paper pad) with a clue about where in the house they could find that day’s little present.
My girls are so excited to start counting down to Christmas!
I can’t believe how close it is to Christmas – with each day my girls are getting more and more excited that Christmas is almost here, I’m getting more and more worried about getting everything on my to-do list done. How about you? Don’t tell me you’re one of those enviable people who is already finished with all of their Christmas shopping and decorating….