An Advent Calendar for Alex

November 29, 2010

I’m really getting into the holiday this year (maybe because the sleep exhaustion of a new born is fading!). I made Alex an advent calendar and am really looking forward to the next 26 days.  I used red and white striped bags from Etsy seller In The Clear ($7.50 for 50 bags) and stick on numbers from Staples.  Inside the bags are a variety of small toys and stickers.  Most of the toys came from a great used toy and book sale in Westchester of all places. I think I spent $5 dollars on the toys and $5 on stickers.

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AbbieBabble November 29, 2010 at 10:31 am

This is so cute. What a lovely way to build anticipation for Christmas. Happy Advent!

Ashley November 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

This is adorable, Abbey! I am hosting my holiday party in a few weeks and might snag the striped bag idea for goodies for my guests. So glad it’s time to decorate for Christmas!

Nancy November 30, 2010 at 2:47 am

Omg he is so sweet sitting in his chair! Makes mr crazy with wanting to cuddle him!
You are a genius of being pitch perfect on this. I went a little nuts getting Oskar an advent calendar and spent embarrassingly way too much on the whole endeavor, while really thinking about how I would love to inspire in Oskar an appreciation of simplicity in pleasure (ha! Using too many words now too!). Anyway, you know what I mean because there it all is for less than $20 recycled and upcycled sweet advent joy. Jeez. So glad you are my friend.

Katy Elliott November 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

Love this! Your such a clever mom!

joanna goddard November 30, 2010 at 11:29 am

this is amazing!!!!

Leslie Banker November 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

So creative! Might have to borrow the idea for Harriet.

lauren November 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

LOVE this idea! And that baby is delicious! Out of curiosity, where did you score the toy loot? My parents live in Westchester and I would love to pay a visit…

Cate December 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Abbey, how cute! We put up our advent calendar last night. The weather isn’t very Christmas-y today, but online shopping makes up for that. Hope you’re well!

Susana December 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Adorable! I’d love to know what the toys were…I’m struggling to come up with 24 more ideas (today was a glue stick) to put in my 16-month-old’s advent calendar.

The Lil Bee December 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

You are kidding me with this. UNbelievable!! Best idea ever. Where in Westchester were you? Those little sticker gnomes are almost as cute as little man’s pudgy cheeks. He is positively edible, Abbey!

abigail December 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm

adorable! I’d love to know what the toys are too. My sister in law has put me in charge of my niece and nephews stockings this year and I’m stumped!

Abbey December 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

The toys were: a set of (16 or so) small plastic dinosaurs; four different sticker sets; three little wooden animals; two plastic figurines, one of a boy, one of a car; a plastic newt.

lynne December 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

this is so brilliant. thanks for sharing!

kms December 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

this is soooo unbelievably sweet!! love it.

Paul Byron Downs December 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

What a smart and creative way to reinvent an advent calendar.


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