Every year December begins and about two days in I remember, "Dang it! I wanted to make an advent calendar for the boys!" Finally this year I remembered well in advance after seeing a super cute hanging sock advent calendar on Pintrest from www.marthastewart.com.
The smart person would have clicked through to read the actual directions. The creative, I can wing it, no time for directions person, also known as me, didn't. That smart person would have found out that the socks are actually baby socks, not adult socks. Oops. :)
It turned out okay though. We've got this whole Dr. Seuss thing going on above our fireplace, the boys love it, and hey, we've finally got an advent calendar in our house!
But, man, baby socks! That makes so much more sense!
To add a surprise element to the countdown, I'm using a mix of candy, small toys, and fun Christmas activities (yesterday we made Christmas ornaments). They never know what's going to be waiting for them inside that sock.
Jackson took a few days to really get the hang of it. On December 2 I guess he didn't like the fun size Snickers and asked if he could put it back and pick the number eight sock. He also swears that there is a Lightning McQueen car in sock number 14. I have a feeling that day 14 might be a disappointing countdown day.
Who am I kidding? I'll totally cave and go get a little McQueen car.