As soon as we get up in the morning we all rush in my sisters room. “Can we see the advent calender now? Please!” My sister reluctantly pulls it up, as she most likely has already seen it today. Sometimes it gets played several times if everyone’s not in the room at the same time. Eventually everyone sees it.
For three years now some good friends have given us a Jacquie Lawson advent calendar. Every year has been better than the last. Each day we wait excitedly to see what will be next. Most days it is a “video” of something happening; the dog chasing the cat, kids sledding down the hill, guests arriving for the dance, etc. Sometimes you might be able to decorate the tree, make your own wreath, or arrange a vase of flowers. Then the real fun is the puzzles.
Each year there have been more things you can do. This year there are 4 or 5 traditional puzzles, plus a snowflake maker, a marble solitaire game, and many other fun things. These things are available all the time. You can always go back and see previous days, but you can’t see future days. It has a built- in clock so it knows when to allow the next day. This makes it all the more fun, the anticipation. The calendar begins on December 1st and ends December 25th. The calendar will not expire though. As long as you don’t remove it, it will stay on your computer, which means you can enjoy those puzzles forever.
I have seen some really cute handmade advent calendars, but if that is not an option this year, try out one of the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendars (this year they are offering two different advent calendars, we have the Edwardian one). At only $4 each (with discounts the more you buy, hint: get some for your friends) it is definitely worth it. Find them here.
I know this is a little late for this year, but keep it in mind for next year. It seems every year they get better and better so be sure and try it out.
P.S. Don’t forget the real reason for the season, Christ’s birth. Even though these advent calendars are great and fun, they don’t convey the true meaning of Christmas. While I would encourage you to try these I would also encourage you to celebrate the Advent of Christ’s birth by reading scripture passages that lead up to his birth. You could select these on your own but there are also many books and other resources out there that have the scripture passages already picked out. Here is an article which has reading laid out for you. Here is a book that my family has and has used before. I hope these two link help as you discover the true meaning of Christmas; the coming of Chirst