I am quite surprised I had this calendar thing up and ready to go before December started. Shocker...
So December came and we were ready to roll. On the first day I told evelynn we could start the calendar. She got excited and we pulled down the bag. Before we opened it we explained to her why were doing this. And we also wanted to make it clear to her that not ALL the bags had a surprise for her. I explained as best i could that some did have presents for her, but they also had things for her to do with mama and papa and things for us to do for other people. Once we went over that a few times we let her open the first bag.
Day one: "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" // I found this at target in the dollar section (pretty sweet!) and really wanted to get it for our calendar. We have a pop-up book app on the ipad with part of this book. When evelynn opened it she knew just what it was. I was hoping she hadn't forgot about the book.
Day 2: Painting pictures for grandparents & great-grandparents // This was the first of our "doing something for others" bags. And you know that opening this bag was preceded by a "you remember, not every bag has a treat for you" speech! But evelynn did good because she loves to paint. I wasn't sure how she'd do with so many papers but she did good. Addressed, stamped, & off into mail land. Enjoy grandparents!
Day 3: Making cookies // Evelynn loves to bake so i knew this would get her attention. She loved it and she loves being able to enjoy her treats.
There you have it folks. The first three days of our advent calendar.