Make your own advent calendar – it’s not too late!

One of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood was setting up my advent calendar on December 1st. I loved counting down the days until Christmas and seeing what lied beneath each calendar date flap each day. My grandmother would give me one every year and the best part was that there was a piece of chocolate under the flap for each day. Fast forward, a few years ago my kids had said advent calendars with chocolate and I tried the chocolate – it wasn’t very good. Chalky and not all that chocolaty.

So this year I decided to make our own advent calendars with the chocolates of our choice – and yes, I just made these yesterday so don’t fret if you are behind like me. Kids loved that they got to zoom up to day 9 and eat 9 pieces of chocolate at once (using my tardiness to my advantage – kids were thrilled – chocolates were small).

To make our homemade advent calendars, each child made a paper chain and wrote the numbers of the month on each link (1, 2, 3, etc.). Then we hung paper chains from a doorway and we taped a piece of wrapped chocolate (we used Reese’s peanut butter cups and Hershey Kisses) on the top of each link. After dinner each night during December, each child takes off their link and gets the chocolate for that day, counting all the way down until Christmas Eve. We had a good time making these – and it’s a fun way to count down to the big day.

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