Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The New Advent Calendar

Are you tired of the same old advent calendar with chocolate? Try a new version; the Advent Stocking Calendar. It's really easy to make! (If you don't know what an advent calendar is, it is a special calendar that counts down the days until Christmas.)

1. Gather up 25 socks or stockings and clothespins. (DM Tip: My dryer likes to eat socks and I always have missing ones. The unmated socks would make great stockings. If you have all white socks, you could dye the socks different colors.) You could also buy a pack of small stockings at Target, Amazon, or the dollar store. Mittens might work well too.
2. Write a number (1-25) on the front of clothespins with a marker.
3. Hang a string or yarn and clip the stockings onto the string.
4. Fill each sock with a little treat. The kids can take down a stocking each day!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas:
*A car (toy of course)
*Coloring Book (Target and Michaels often have Play Packs for $1, which include a small coloring book, stickers, and crayons or markers.
*Candy Cane
*Small games or deck of cards
*Gift Card (The homemade IOU types. These could be for an ice cream night, letting them stay up late one night, or they get to pick out a movie to rent.)
*Dollar Coins (Check at your local bank.)
*Chocolate Coins
*Puzzle pieces (They get a puzzle piece(s) a day until they can complete the puzzle.)
*Candy coal

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