So while searching ideas on Pinterest, my favourite that kept popping up was the Christmas Book Advent Calendar.
Here is my take on it
the idea is simple, Instead of a candy/chocolate every night, Your child gets to open a different book, which you then get to read together before bed. Beautiful!....and relaxing (unlike chocolate)
I went and got a bunch of Christmas books from the dollar store (they have got an amazing selection of books there...who knew?)
I threw in a couple of Christmas movies to mix it up
Wrap them all up
While getting the books, I also found these great jeweled number stickers in the scrap-booking section (gotta love the dollar store...)
Just stick them on each book...1 to 24. If you are planning to display them on a shelf or mantle, you will probably want to put the books up first and then put the stickers on....makes it way easier to make sure all the numbers are showing. But if they are going in a basket it does not matter.
I love the way it turned out. I stuck with a monochrome theme to match the rest of my Holiday decor....but there are a ton of versions on pinterest you can check out
The best thing is that you can save the books and re-use them every year...with a few new ones thrown in to keep it fresh
The total cost was about $30....more then the sugary version, but way more fun!