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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Stack of Advent Books

Here is another great idea I found on Pinterest. The kids in my house always have difficulty waiting until December 25th for Santa to come. So, on top of our usual "chocolate-a-day" Advent calendar, I've thrown this new "tradition" into the mix.

First, I picked 24 of my favourite Christmas books (Luckily I have taught kindergarten for the last 10 years so I have tons of these!).

Then I wrapped each one in colourful paper (I'll admit it - I bought the cheap stuff for this - but it still looks pretty!)
Using my Creative Memories tag punch, I cut a tag out of cardstock for each book
A black ink pad and number stamps add the date to each tag, numbers 1 - 24.
I used a black marker to add some detail and to beef up the numbers a bit.
Onto the packages they went!
As a mom, I need to think through the whole process and make sure I avoid as many possible problems as I can. I can just see my three little ones fighting over who gets to un-wrap the book each evening. To avoid this, I have put a child's initial on each package. Fighting avoided.
I think the kids will be so excited to see the stack of books on December first. In fact, I am pretty excited too. I ADORE all of these stories and I can't wait to share them with my little ones during the most wonderful time of the year!

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12 comments:

  1. That really is a special way to share with the kids. They have a gift of reading and sharing with Mom, what's better than that. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best, I am a follower.

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  2. I love this idea! I pull out all our Christmas books, and crafts, colouring books etc so they have some Christmas fun! I especially love Jan Brett books (I saw one in your pile). Her illustrations are magical!

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  3. Brilliant! They are going to adore this, a present for everyday of the month? GREAT idea~ I love Pinterest!

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  4. This is a great idea! My kids are past these books so I'd have to use something else but the options are endless and I like how you marked them. (Thanks for stopping by my blog today and commenting on the Very Merry quilt--for some reason your comment didn't show up in my email so I couldn't respond. Thought I'd drop in here, instead. Have become a follower.)

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  5. really cute idea... i am still trying to figure out what to do for an advent calendar this year. need to get on it! :)

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  6. Coming over from Not Just a Housewife -- great idea. Pinned it and became a follower on bloglovin.

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  7. LOVE this idea! I've been wondering what I could do this year for advent besides a chocolate calendar. :)

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  8. What a stupendous alternative to chocolate and a fun way to get the kids to enjoy new books! Some of those books look like they would fit right in with my preschoolers! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my place to check out my tray!!! I'm a new follower!
    Sherry

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  9. You know they say that Intellegence is Directly Linked to the number of books in a home! I'm thinking this is a brilliant idea for lots of reasons!! I'm so IMPRESSED! And may have to copycat!

    Aimee from ItsOverflowing

    PS I'm your newest follower!!!

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  10. Still love the idea, and just wanted to say thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best. Love you creative ideas!

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  11. Genius. I can't wait to share one on 24 December.

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  12. Uhhh I adore this idea!! Nice way to get tradition in without having to brave the cold every night!

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