For the last few years I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect advent calendar. In the meantime I was using cheap chocolate ones from Dollar Tree. The kids didn’t complain of course, but I wanted something better. For kids, the anticipation of Christmas can be almost too much to bare. Having a visual countdown is not only fun for them, but could save your sanity. No more “Is it Christmas yet?” “How many days until Christmas?” “Is tomorrow Christmas?” “Is today Christmas?” If you have a pre-schooler, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Pottery Barn Kids offers an adorable plush snowman advent calendar to add some whimsy to your decor while providing a daily reminder to the kids exactly how many days are left until the big guy comes down the chimney. This jolly snowman measures 14″ wide x 18″ deep x 27″ high and is crafted of polyester felt with felt covered wire arms that can be positioned. Twenty four little numbered pockets represent each day in December until Christmas. Put a little treat or trinket in each one for your kids to discover as they count down the days. This plush snowman advent calendar from Pottery Barn Kids retails for $99 and ships for free. Right now it’s on sale for $79!
We put our new snowman friend in our entryway. Every morning as we pass by, we stop for a visit and reposition the candy cane. My kids love to pat his head and give him hugs. He is a pretty lovable guy, I have to admit. My oldest two kids alternate days for whose job it is to move the candy cane to the next little pocket. So far they’ve been very cooperative and my son even helps my daughter find the right number. It’s something we look forward to every morning and something we’ll look forward to each year once we pack him away.
The mantle is a Christmas focal point. It is, after all, where Santa makes his grand entrance. We hang our stockings by the chimney with care and this year we are adding a little “bling” — a silvery, sparkly, garland with the word “BELIEVE”. It’s 7.5′ long with glitter covered cardstock letters threaded on a grosgrain ribbon. The letters slide easily along the ribbon so you can determine the spacing you prefer. They stay where you put them without sliding. Each end of the ribbon features a loop for hanging. We believe, do you? Believe Glitter Garland retails for $24.
While the letters are sealed for protection, they still “shed” a little glitter so keep that in mind when storing. This garland is right up my alley because it’s super easy to use, stores easily, yet adds a lot to the decor.
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