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Christmas Advent Calendar

There's something magical about a Christmas Advent Calendar. 

Last year I started stocking up on supplies to make a fun CLOTHESLINE countdown for my GRANDkids.  I shopped the after-Christmas sales and got super discounted prices. Most of the items are gift card holders, just right for slipping a piece of candy or small toy in.

Since I was making 3 separate sets, I had to keep within my budget. I also found lots of little toys and fun things to stuff inside each item. I only had a few empty items that I set aside to put candy in. (Just so ya know, I didn't buy the candy until now.)

Cracker Barrel, The Dollar Store, and Wal-Mart were fantastic for finding all the stuff I needed. The only problem was waiting almost an entire year before I could send them out to my GRANDkids.

I found the little clothespins at Wal-Mart in their craft section. The little hangers were from a paper doll set, my kids used to have but didn't use anymore.

This is a photo one of my daughters sent of their Clothesline Advent Calendar...Isn't it darling! She only had a skinny wall to mount hers on so she divided it up into 3 separate sections. My other daughter is going to hang hers in one long clothesline across their fireplace mantle.

Some of the things I stuffed inside were: Santa straws, crayons, note pads, sparkely nail polish for the girls, Hot Wheels cars for the boys, hair clips, etc.

Do you have any good ideas for Advent Calendars?

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27 comments:

  1. That is the neatest Advent Calendars I have seen. I will have to remember this for next year. I will try to get lots of little items just like you said and keep in a budget. With 5 grandchildren it will give me a challenge. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad you liked it! The one family that has 2 GRANDkids in it, I just put 2 gifts in each item.

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  2. I'd like to start that tradition with my daughter. It certainly is magical. I've become a Scrooge of sorts this year, and it's time to bring back that Christmas spirit.

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    1. It's surprising how easy it can be to catch the Spirit again...

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  3. This is precious! I love it. I wish I were as creative! I'm inspired.

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    1. Thanks for stoppong by Cynthia, Merry Christmas!

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  4. That is such a creative idea! I really like it.

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  5. Very nice Becky Jane. I don't do an advent calendar, but I sent my Grandson home with a basket that has presents in it and he can open one a night untill Christmas.

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    1. Excellent idea Terri, We had a secret someone do that for us one year! It was so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. That is awesome....what a precious GRANDmother you are!!!

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  7. Love it!! I usually buy the choclate ones but this year I´m into making my own one. I´ll keep you posted as soon as finish it. Lots of blessings for you and your family

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    1. I'm excited to see what you come up with...

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  8. What a clever idea and how much fun for them. I think this is a wonderful idea.

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  9. Wow, that is super cute! I love it! I bet they love it too :)

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  10. We have an advent calender, I love yours though! I have little treats that i will put into each day pocket. I let the kids take turns! We love this part of the season!

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  11. This is so cute! I am sure your grandkids will love them

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  12. How cute! I had a advent calender growing up! Had one with my kids as well but they kinda tore part of it up. I have been looking for one I like , but haven't found that "special"one just yet

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  13. This is such a cute idea Becky Jane! I'm putting it in my weekly link roundup. I'll let you know when it's up!;)

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  14. What a creative daughter! Love the hanging advent calendar!!

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  15. This is the cutest idea I've seen with Advent calendars.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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