Do you use an advent calendar in your home to count down to Christmas? How about a special travel advent calendar?
I’ve seen all kinds of clever ideas to make building up to the big day fun for kids, and we have our own to add to the pile this year! Most of my readers know that Baby J’s first year was full of travel. She embarked on sixteen flights and visited two different countries! While I was in each new place with her, I tried to come up with cute little mementos for her. I aimed to stay under $3.00 and just get a cutesy trinket to toss into my suitcase.
I stumbled upon her travel box this year; I had placed it in with our Christmas ornaments. Now what to do with them?
We have to back our story up a little further here, until you see little author Lindsay (hi guys that’s me!) at her Nana’s house. My Nana decorates for the holidays like no one else I know. She has a tree for every room, and there is even a bright pink sparkly one that I am a huge fan of!
Every time we would come by her house in December, one of us grandkids was allowed to open the door to my Nana’s advent calendar. She had a really neat one that was wooden with 25 tiny doors. I have very fond memories of looking in that cabinet, sometimes we would find chocolate. Other times a cute little ornament, or a pinecone. Each door was a delightful surprise!
I really want the same feeling for Baby J. So I found a cute little cabinet of my own online, and now it is ready for holiday memory-making. Are you putting the pieces together yet?
Our cabinet advent calendar is travel themed.
Yes, I can quickly fill those days/doors from even the first sixteen places she has been, but I we are keeping a few simple shoe boxes around and trading out what goes in the doors.
Strings are attached with hot glue to several of the items so that when she opens the door, she can place the item on the tree that’s in her room. A collection of memories, and a way to decorate! Years from now, I can picture us talking about where each unique object is from, and it makes me excited to relive some of our worldly adventures together.
I can see her hopeful face already, as I explain that the tiny thimble comes from a little place right by her Auntie’s house in Texas. The buckeye represents Mommy and Daddy’s original home state. There’s a maple leaf pin from Canada, and a red guardian dog from Japan.
My face is also smiling the day I hand them over to her as an adult, ready to strike out on her own adventure without us constantly by her side. I will miss her more than I can even bear to think about just yet, but I also know we are making it count right now.