Use what you have, old jars and paper or paint to hide the gift inside., source.
Celebrating the countdown to Christmas was always more fun for me than Christmas day. Since I hosted Christmas dinner I only had a few minutes to sit with my boys and their gifts before heading to the kitchen to keep the food on schedule. I had days when I wished I had never celebrated Christmas in the “traditional” way and instead focused more on Advent with a simple dinner on Christmas with family, but without gifts. think of how relaxing the day could be and yes frugal.
I found quite a few ideas for inexpensive Advent Calendars and have included my favorites today, there is something here for everyone from those experienced in sewing, crafting or crochet, to those a bit timid of taking on an art project.
Bunting has come back in style so why not make a simple Advent bunting you can use year after year?
While you could buy a ready-made calendar why not make your own? You can easily change them to fit your family’s needs as the years pass, or you could make something timeless with a piece of wood and some painted clothespins.
Not a crafty? That’s okay, I spotted this idea which while meant for Valentines Day would work for any holiday, Simply add a new heart to the door each morning. If you are giving experiences this would be a great way to announce them rather than making a calendar. Have a little gift, hang it from the door knob that morning.
This may sound like a strange thing to admit, but the little gifts I hid for my boys during Advent were more special than the gifts under the tree or in the stocking. I hid little notes or something small for each boy. Even adding them up over the entire 25 days, I rarely spent more than $10 per child and some years nothing at all.
Think back to Christmas mornings of past when you find yourself with wrapping paper and boxes all over. There are calls for batteries, and scissors to remove toys from the packaging, and don’t forget assembly of toys. Yet, before long the toys are tossed under the tree and as you are cleaning up the mess you hear “what’s for breakfast” Wouldn’t you enjoy a simple gift, or note written just for you stretched out for nearly a month than a bunch of packages all on one morning?
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