An “old school” family holiday season idea that has made a huge comeback in recent years is the concept of an Advent calendar.

This is a day-by-day countdown from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25, in which the paper or wooden calendar includes a small gift, candy, story chapter, or Bible verse for the children to enjoy each day of the season. If this had been a trend when my daughter was little, I certainly would have done this for her.

If you’d like to see some ideas, check out my Advent calendar board on Pinterest.

Creekside Learning has an interesting spin on the tradition in that she came up with a list of secular Advent messages for families who have that preference.

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