Counting Down to Christmas

I wanted to share what I made and sent to the younger kids in the family… it is an advent calendar with a twist. The round tins are magnetic and have a “little surprise” inside each one starting Dec. 1 and going all the way to Christmas morning. Here’s another view.

I wanted to do something a little special to remind the little ones of what Christmas should mean and the things they should enjoy. I also thought that each day (if I remember) I will try to post the little notes that I put in each one… please consider doing these with us and post what you think or how you celebrated each one (posting pictures would be even better!!!). It is not necessary to do these, but I just thought they might reinforce the simple joys of the holiday… some things you may have already done or maybe you haven’t even thought of them so far, but you can try to plan it for the week or post about it later (there’s no pressure here… just good ol’ fashioned fun).

PLUS, I thought it would be a nice way to bring the family together through activities without us actually “being together.” This way we can all watch a movie together or drink cocoa together, etc. So here we go… bring on the Holiday Spirit:

Dec. 1: Have a house lighting ceremony, complete with a tongued drum roll! (like in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation)


  1. Erin said:

    Well by golly, how on earth did I forget the “R”. Sue, did I forget it on yours too? Kay, was there a space for it and maybe the sticker fell off in the box or did I just completely forget it… I’m sure it is the latter, but I can def. bring one home to fix it for you.

    I’m so happy the girls like them! I was excited making them! I guess I felt like it was one little thing I could do to share the season with them… and actually with everyone who does the advent activities I’ve been posting. You kinda feel like we’re all in it together, even though many miles separate us.

    December 4, 2009
  2. klds said:

    Take pictures…

    December 4, 2009
  3. The Carroll's said:

    Honestly, I think the stuff moved around and the bag got caught on something and it ripped open. Next time you may need to put the seed into something like a plastic container (of course that is more weight and more cost). It still is really cool.

    One other thing on ours- you left off the R in Christmas. We don’t care but just thougth I would tell you so maybe you can bring me an R at Christmas and I will fix. She is really loving this. She has her snowman that Karen bought her, a pillow that Nana bought her in her room, then your calendar and then she has a book that is bringing in the religion piece and sharing traditions with how they relate to the story of Christmas. Each day they have a little prayer that help her remember the real reason for the season. It is so cute. We got one for Kelsie too!

    Just wanted you to know that you are really adding to the fun for the girls even though you aren’t here to see it! Lots of energy and excitement here!!!

    December 4, 2009
  4. Erin said:

    I think Sue said her birdseed broke open too… what the heck are these postal handlers doing with the boxes? So sorry about the mess is it must have caused… I was trying to make Dec. 17 easier on all by including the birdseed to feed the birds… ughhh. Guess I learned my lesson there! I’m glad you all liked it! It was so much fun to make!

    December 3, 2009
  5. The Carroll's said:

    Erin- we haven’t had a night to call you yet, but Delaney LOVES her calendar. Unfortunately, the bird seed bag broke open so I had to open in the garage because I didn’t know what it was. Delaney will call you tonight to personally thank you for this. It is so cute and CLEVER! Leave it to you!

    December 3, 2009
  6. Erin said:

    Ooops, I forgot. You also need a 1 1/4 circle punch because it will make your life so much easier!

    December 2, 2009
  7. Erin said:

    I actually had an idea for one for big people and I ran out of time, so for now I only did them for Delaney and then one for Kam/Kels to share. I will try to make some next year for the big people. I haven’t even made one for myself yet… just not enough time, although we did get our Christmas lights on the house and I just need to take a picture. We still haven’t done the drum roll though… very important.

    Here is a link to a person who posted directions on making one of these:

    You can do a search online and find tons of variations.

    And here are some of the things I used:
    – Cookie Sheet (Dollar Store)
    – Metal spray paint and spray primer
    – Scrapbooking adhesive
    – Coordinating scrapbook papers (mine were all Making Memories)
    – Embellishments/Stickers (some were Making Memories to match the line and others were glittery things I found at Micheal’s)
    – 25 Magnets (I used the Basic Grey Magnetic snaps because they are strong and thin)
    – 25 Tins (
    – Calendar template (

    December 2, 2009
  8. This was soooo cute and such a great idea! Kelsie is very excited and loves it! Thank you Erin! Leave it to you! It is something thaht we can keep forever!

    December 2, 2009
  9. klds said:

    This is so cute. Where did you get the tins and feel free to send them to big people too!

    December 1, 2009

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