That's me. Guilty as charged.
My time and attention is currently falling into this creative-time-sink-hole that I know is pulling me away from more important matters. Nevertheless, the project marches on. First, I have collected a few inspiration photos below....I have encountered endless creative visual ideas for this project, but my favorite takeaway is the idea to use experiences rather than stuff, (as I have done in the past). Some have incorporated family experiences (board games, holiday movies, Christmas caroling, etc.). Others have presented acts of service or kindness. I LOVE THIS IDEA! As parents, we are constantly trying to come up with ways to make the holidays more meaningful to our children, to teach them the season is about more than just gifts from Santa. I haven't yet decided which route we will take, but I am thinking we could mix it up and do both...We shall see.
I can only hope that if my children don't have Pinterest-worthy meals every night in December, at least they will be have lasting family memories and (hopefully) a spirit of love, kindness, thoughtfulness, and service during the holidays.
Inspirations are as follows:
(1) 25 Acts of Random Kindness - Between You and Me Blog
(I copied her family ideas from her blog below)
(2) Paper Bag Advent Calendar - Most Lovely Things Blog
(3) Advent Calendar Wall Chart - The Painted Hive Blog
|The Painted Hive close-up...How adorable is this one, |
with simple holiday phrases tucked into each?
(4) DIY Chalkboard Advent Wall Calendar - DIY Network
We LOVE children's holiday books....this is such a fun idea to celebrate this nightly ritual!
(5) Christmas Book Advent Calendar - Babyccinokids.com
A cupcake tin? Who comes up with this stuff!? Awesome.
(6) Cupcake Tin - Parents Magazine
(7) 25 Days of Service - I Heart Naptime Blog
|(8) Better Homes and Gardens|
I love the colorful impact of these envelopes
and the gold numbers are so festive!
SO adorable, but seriously, who has the time?
(9) Mini Tree Advent Calendar - Oh Happy Day Blog
(10) Bucket Advent Calendar - Home Depot
Some more fun and festive advent calendar ideas....
|Ideas from Add a Pinch|
|Lemonade Makin Mama|
Cheers and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!