Waiting for Christmas morning to come is almost as exciting as Christmas morning itself! This is especially true when you have small children at home, but the excitement seems to fade a bit with teenagers. They don’t always get as excited over the decorating, the baking, and the crafting.
One way to keep Christmas excitement alive for teenagers is by using an advent calendar.
Advent is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas. Although Advent begins four Sundays prior to December 25th, Advent calendars count down the first 24 days of December ending on Christmas Eve. The use of these calendars dates back to mid-19th century Germany.
For those of you that have always used this special and fun calendar for small children, it’s a good tradition to continue with teenagers. I will admit, though, I’ve definitely found it more challenging to find little trinkets and treats that a teenager will be impressed with.
It can be time-consuming to find small inexpensive to moderately priced items that they’ll like and use. Of course, if you have more than one teenager, I’m sure gets even trickier.
These are the gifts I’ll be using in my teenage girl’s advent calendar this year (she is under strict instructions not to read this):
- Snowman Ornament –Purchased from local upcycle festival (it’s made from a Jenga block)
- Soap – Purchased from local holiday bazaar made by Terri Garrison at Soap Coast
- Bracelet – Purchased from local craft fair
- Cliplets Bookmarks – Purchased at Books A Million
- Fancy Notepad Paper – Purchased at Bealls Outlet
- Earrings: Isc brand – Purchased at Bealls Outlet
- Necklace: Tree-of-life style sterling silver – Purchased at Kohls
- Project 7 Gourmet Gum: Birthday Cake – Purchased at Target
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The following items were purchased from my local Target or Walgreen’s:
- Tootsie Rolls
- Andes Mints
- Lindt Chocolate Teddy Bear
- Lindt Chocolate Snowman
- Jelly Bellys (Christmas mix jelly beans)
- Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolate
- Trident Gum
- Altoids Smalls
- Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Insta-dri
- 7th Heaven Face Mask
- Baby Lips Balm Ball
- Matchbook Nail Files
- EOS Hand Lotion
- Tweezers: e.l.f Brand
- Soap: Neutrogena Face Bar
- Elastic Head Bands
- Ponytail Holders: Scunci brand
That’s it—twenty-five little gifts I hope my teen will enjoy!
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The advent calendar I use is a replica of Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, which we purchased from the gift shop when on a family trip there.
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Let me know what items you’ve used in an advent calendar. I’ll be needing some new ideas for next year!!
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.