Daddy’s birthday always goes together with the start of our advent. This year there’s a little extra. The Book advent Calendar.
First of all, here is our traditional, bought in a shop (Tchibo) advent calendar:
|horrible photo, but I don’t have any other|
I always put it on the door frame. Each shape has a pocket and I put in some surprises:
- some treats (dried fruit, nuts, crackers, marzipan – E.’s favourite, etc.)
- advent activities from Időtetrisz (you can download the cards for free – Christmassy crafts, acts of kindness, gift giving, funny. If you want something similar in English you can download Jen’s advent calendar activity cards from this link. Időtetrisz offers some blank cards, so I wrote some of my own in English. E. can’t read yet anyways, so I can read the Hungarian cards in English if she is in an English mood)
- a small animal (I bought these last year in a secondhand toy shop – they were really inexpensive)
I saw plenty of great advent present ideas on Pinterest, however, the best is the 24 books wrapped up. Your child can open one a day up to Christmas. It’s great if you can collect 24 Christmas stories. I couldn’t. I had about 12-15 book I’d bought earlier but there was no occasion to give them to E. So I bought some more discounted books, and some more new ones from Book Depository (if you order from them there’s no delivery fee). This is how I collected 24 books. (The cost of the books altogether was between 6-10 thousand HUF = 19-33 EUR)
We’ve already read two of the books:
- Me and My Dad
- Dora’s chilly day
But it’s easy and fun to make it even with a smaller child.
|Last year E. helped me make it|