I barely had any time to think about Christmas this year, but it still happened! We never got around to making a gingerbread house—Trader Joe’s didn’t stock the kits this year, and I simply never got around to going out to find one elsewhere. Oh well, it’ll just make next year’s all the more special, right? Right? ;)
However we did do plenty.
Along with our traditional chocolate advent calendars, I found one that featured a favorite ‘new classic’ story—Olive the Other Reindeer. I found it way back last January and tucked it away… and am amazed I remembered about it! Hey, some days I feel like giving myself a high-five for simply keeping all the kids fed, reasonably clean, and at the places they should be more or less when they should be there, so yes, I am amazed I remembered the little calendar I stuck in a rarely opened drawer 11.5 months ago! Go me! :)
Everyday a new element is revealed and placed in or around Santa’s Castle. The details are wonderful, with roofs flipping open to show the interior of the house, stables, workshop…
This reindeer cracks me up, hanging out with his cocoa. For some reason he reminds me of less wholesome bar patrons huddled outside with their smokes… The kids all arrange and rearrange the scene multiple times a day. Bunny likes to set a wide, grand tableaux… while Carter prefers to jam all the pieces inside the buildings, and Cole upsets them both by swatting whatever he can reach onto the floor.
Who knew Santa had a helipad? That guy has everything!
This advent calendar is not reusable, but at $10 it is a really fun way to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. You can see the info and buy it for next year, if you so desire, HERE.