Works For Me Wednesday-Christmas Countdown


Gum Drops, Peppermint Sticks, Bubble gum, Christmas Pencils, lollipops,stickers, bouncy balls, Pop rocks, Chocolates

What is this for???

Every year, we do our Christmas countdown with our Christmas Advent Box. The kids love it...they take turns opening the door each day and finding a little surprise for each of them. When my son was very little, I bought the Playmobile advent set. You put out one piece each day in December and it makes a village. So we do that each day too in the advent box with the goodies. My kids love it!!! Sometimes, I forget to do it the next morning and they have to wait till they get home that afternoon...but it's still fun either way!

I also include on different days an activity we will do.."watch a Christmas movie tonight," "make "SNOW" ice cream", "make snowflakes for our window" ,"decorate Christmas cookies and deliver to neighbors". The "advent" calendar Works For Me each year!

Wishing you a "snowy " December day!

Fondly,

Sandy toes XXOO


61 comments:

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

I love this post and love the little sled! Also, enjoy your picturesand blog so much!

Please go to my blog and pick up an award I am presenting to you for having Christmas Spirit!

Heather said...

I love your little advent box - that is so cute! My kids also love finding out what we will be doing each day and they can't get enough of the advent calendars!

AndreaLeigh said...

Lovely idea! I'm trying to come up with ideas for an advent calendar. I love advent calendars!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

HOW FUN ! THAT IS SO CUTE.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love it! If I may ask, where did you find your advent box? It is darling! I also LOVE the idea you do with the Playmobile set. Our daughters are pretty much obsessed with Playmobile and they would have so much fun with the advent set. I might get that for a pre-gift for this Christmas!

I also just want to say that I love the idea of including fun things to do into it all! And what fantastic things you came up with to do with your kids! I am so impressed! :)

Crunchy Crafts said...

oh i wish i had a box like that what a cool idea!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I love this post!!! My first visit to you. I like your blog. It is so sweet. I do love snow and would like lots of it...m..

Mrs. B said...

I love your advent calendar! We do one too. I never can think of enough tiny things to put inside the little doors.

Julie said...

I like the box idea...and I think I am going to make one AFTER THIS CHRISTMAS, for next year, so I am not too overwhelmed this year!!!

Becky said...

Sounds like a great idea. I want to get the little people nativity set.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow! Talk about ultra magical. I love it!!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely ideas with us. It adds so much to the Christmas season! I had been wondering about the Playmobil Advent set... Now I am going to go out and buy a set tomorrow for my girls!

I wanted to let you know that my parents had the creator of the Creation Museum come to their church and speak and they were SOOOO impressed. We would love to go one day. What did you think about it? Lori

Jan said...

Works for me to Sandy. Lovely.

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cute! I'd love to be a kid in your house at Christmas!

Mrs. S. said...

You must create the best memories for your kids! How lucky to have such a fun mom!

Sunny said...

You have got to be the best mom ever! Your kids will never be able to say that their childhood wasn't fun - you create that for them by all the little things you do. You go, Mama!

April said...

You're such a great mom! I love all the creative and memorable things you do with, and for, your kids! There's no doubt that what you do will leave a lasting imprint on their hearts and in their minds.

Darlene said...

Those are so neat!! Your pictures capture it beautifully!

Liz said...

That is such a great idea! Your kids are very fortunate to have such a great Mom!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

This is one that we do too!! I have done this ever since Nick was two! This year is the first for Sarah.

Have a great day!

Lisa

Davisix said...

How many times do I have to ask? Will you adopt me NOW? ;) Ang

Betsy said...

I am a lover of the advent calendar too. Very important part of my Christmas celebration.

Montee said...

I dream of the old "Snow Days." I like your Advent Box.

Dawn said...

oh... we have the same playmobile advent set :) my kids play with it all december (they are 11 & 14) i love that you added that sparkly snow- looks great!! i just love advent!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Playmobile has an Advent set? How did we miss that!?
We are snow/ice cream makers too! We do it like Laura Ingles in Little House in the Big Woods-snow and syrup...Lots of calories, little nutrition...Perfect!

Christy said...

I just bought the prettiest advent box at Target yesterday. I know I'm a few days behind but we will catch up!

Ruth said...

Your blog is beautiful!! I have enjoyed visiting and all the lovely pictures!! I hope to someday be able to visit the Creation Museum. It sounds wonderful.
Blessings,
Ruth

Busy Bee Suz said...

I seriously want to go back in time and become one of your children. You are so wonderful....take care,
suz

Valarie Lea said...

You are just full of nifty surprises for Christmas!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I am hoping for a snowy day today...to put me in the mood to decorate for Christmas! I love the little Santa hat on your bird...and your advent calendar too!
Carrie

Jillene said...

VERY cute!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love the cute ideas for doing things together :)! And I've heard the Creation Museum was awesome -- so cool that you got to go! My parents live around Cinci, so I'll have to go during our next visit! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

Carrie said...

i ♥ advent calendars I really need one! Your is great!

The Muse said...

Your take on the advent calendar is so cute! I really like that!

Your decor is great!

Ms. Tee said...

How cute! We do the gift a day, but I never thought of an activity! Love that idea! :)

P.S. Thank you for your sweet comments on the Christmas photos! :)

Lindsey said...

I grew up with advent calendars and I love them! But I love your addition of having fun activity to go along with it. You are the cutest mom!

Grace said...

I'm so glad you're doing these things. I've heard from a few young adults lately that they don't like Christmas or Christmas music. It's sad. I'm thrilled that you and many other mothers are still passing on to their children the glory and wonder of Christmas.

the undomesticated wife said...

That's a great advent!

The Arthur Clan said...

I have wanted to do a Christmas Countdown with my kids for years. I really need to get on that!

Yours is wonderful!

Jboo said...

What a great idea! Love it -- you are so creative!

Janet

Daphine said...

What fun you create for your precious family! Love this idea!

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

Girl - you are KILLING me with all these ideas - you are such an awesome mom! :) Love it!

Could you give me some more ideas for the advent box? I don't really know how to fit a bunch of stuff into that little space...

Sandy said...

Brings back great memories, when our kids were younger :)

Smelling Coffee said...

What a fun idea! We have an advent pocket calendar, but I really love your boxes and village.

Ashley Griffin said...

you always have such great ideas!!

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh how fun! I really need to start this kind of stuff now that BG is older.

Erin said...

I love your advent box! So cute! My kids would totally love this!

Tara said...

My sister-in-law got my boys the Lego advent calendar and they love it! I think that may be our new tradition!

Tricia Anne said...

What a sweet idea and what memories your children will have! Thank you for your kind words that you left on my blog. :o)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Cute ideas!!

nikkicrumpet said...

The advent box is adorable. It is cool that it is practical and fun...and still looks stylish with the decor. It's so cute it would look good all year. I love that you try to include an activity with your kids. They are going to grow up and appreciate all that quality time!

Laurin R. Kelly said...

This was a great post and I'm glad that you are in full swing of the Christmas Spirit!!!

Sarah said...

I'm tagging you for a Christmas inspired tag--vist my blog--I can't wait to hear your answers!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How perfectly adorable! Another fun post for us. Thanks, Sandy Toes! :-)

XO,

Sheila

edie+steve said...

Wonderful Sandy!

Aimee said...

thank you for stopping by, I so look forward to spending some time hanging out on your site!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

lol he should not be shoting deers , well i guess you better watch out .you never kno=w any more talk about revenge huh
poor bambi, when i heard woophi talking about this on teh view today i was laughing so hARD FELT SORRY FOR BOITH BUT HER VERSION WAS TOO FUNNY. SO HAD TO RESEARCH IF THIS WAS REAL. AND I FOUND IT FRONT PAGE OF AOL.

At Home In Georgia said...

Snow ice cream...my favorite!!!

Jen r. said...

Love that advent box!

Amanda said...

cute...we have lots of now here!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

OH BROTHER NO , LOL IT WAS A STORY ON THE VIEW AND WOOPHI TOLD IT SO CASUAL AND FUNNY SHE HAD ME ALMOST PEEING IN MY PAINTS REALLY . SORRY TO GET SO PERSONAL; IT WAS TO DIE FOR FUNNY THE WAY SHE SAID IT , ANY HOW I HAD TO FIND IT AND I DID , THAT WASS TOO FUNNY! BTW CONGRATS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS AWARD IT IS MY MOST Fvorite time it makes you happy and i love the joy of giving a gift to all especislly as a suprise. have a good night and note to self thats not my hubby lol