Advent calendars are an age old tradition. I’ve tried all kinds of different ones.
For us, simple is better. It has to be feasible to get done on a crazy day. We also hold the official calendar loosely and switch around if we need to. This just helps me map it out and make sure I have the supplies we need for any special activities.
I try to do a variety of crafts, games, fun activities, and service projects.
Here is our advent calendar this year (and life, Ella spilled water all over my entire notebook not even minutes before I needed to take this picture):
I always put the activities on the left and the supplies needed on the right.
As you can see, mostly very simple items. The goal is not to overwhelm you, but to create simple, fun memories.
Don’t start something that will stress you out.
Don’t start something you will regret later.
Start something you will look forward to every year with your kids.