I wanted to do something different with the boys for Advent this year. We usually fill a pocket calendar with little scrolls of activities to do each night. But that gets very tiring and expensive. It was great when I could put in a mini candy cane and they'd be thrilled but at 15, 14 and 13.7 their idea of special fun is a little more complex - paintball anyone?
The desire to use what we have instead of always buying
more, more, MORE
has been on my heart more than ever so I came up with this idea.
For advent this year, I've wrapped up the boys 24 most favorite games - this includes several wrapped decks of cards for whist, poker, speed, etc.
Each day of December one boy will pick a game and we'll all play it. This way we're spending time together which is much better then spending money and chasing entertainment.
Speaking of, this is a great video on the topic of giving of yourself and your time instead of just spending more and more $$$
We're all a lot more excited about this year's advent then we've been in many years and as a bonus, the wrapped games are a nice festive decoration too.
A similar idea for families with younger kids is to wrap up all their favorite story books and to read one each night.