Advent calendars play a big part in my childhood Christmas memories. When my nephew was born last year I thought it would be fun to make his family an Advent calendar. My childhood memories of Advent calendars are mostly of paper chain calendars with an activity listed inside. I didn't think an experiential Advent calendar would be practical for a three month old so I decided to go with a pocket style Advent calendar and fill it with items for celebrating the holiday season. Last year I followed the Advent calendar tutorial at Sew Mama Sew I loved it, but lots of my items were a bit too big for the pockets. This year I made a over the door shoe holder style Advent calendar to give me a bit more room for my gifts.
Some of my ideas for filling an Advent calendar for a baby or toddler include
pieces of a child friendly nativity scene (spread out over multiple days)
soft toys made by sewing together Christmas symbols and stuffing them
holiday related board book
ball sewn from holiday fabrics
sippy cup leash made with holiday ribbon
stroller blanket made from festive material
socks - I like the idea of red socks because they are festive and can be worn any time
bib - I love making washcloth bibs one in holiday colors would be fun
onesie or shirt with holiday applique
a holiday outfit
holiday pjs (a perfect Christmas Eve gift)
Because I did my Advent calendar as a gift to a family I made some days treats for the parents and included chocolates, gift tags, and ribbons. What would you put in a family Advent calendar? Do you have any favorite Advent traditions?