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Not every craft, diy, and recipe that happens here in NellieBellie land gets posted on the blog (gasp…I know, you thought you saw everything!). Often, I just don’t know how it would relate to my readers, or translate into a tutorial, or be able to be properly repeated in a recipe. Technically, today’s Advent Wall should be in the Land of Unrelateable Posts. But, I gave it a new life. I believe in it.
What on earth is this??
Well, it goes like this…. our kids love music. And, they still desperately love Advent calendars (even at 10 and 15). So, the best Advent calendar I could think of involved music. And they wanted Beats for Christmas (is that how those are spelled).
Now, let’s just clarify that those babies are REALLY expensive and my kids are getting coal on Christmas Day.
Back to the wall. So, we set up a “listening station”. There are 24 cards attached to a string, attached to a tension rod (we are renters, no holes!), on the wall. Each card has something like: “song from 1987”, “song from an Irish band”, etc. Each day they are able to download a new song to their digital device. And they may use their brand-new fabulous headphones to listen to their new songs. ONLY if they sit at the listening station.
Yup, those babies stay there all the way until Christmas.
And then Christmas morning…guaranteed you’ll be seeing them around my kids’ necks ALL DAY. In fact, we got Katie a white pair anticipating that she would want it to “match” her outfits. sigh, to be 15 years old in my house. It must be lovely.
So, I put this silly little project up on the blog today to encourage you to think outside the box a bit this year. Don’t get stuck doing what you “always do”. If you don’t enjoy it, if it serves no purpose, if there isn’t excitement…move on to something better.
My kids are looking at the wall and drooling in anticipation (they can’t start until December 1st. No touching!). Perfect! Anticipation is one of the best parts of Christmas, in my opinion!
For the record, I fully understand that most cannot and will not spend what it costs to buy these ridiculous headphones. But, I posted this to encourage you to think outside the box. Don’t do for the sake of doing, this holiday season. Make it count. Only do what is loved, appreciated, and valued. Let the rest go.
Do you have advent calendars in your home? What kind do you use? And do your kids look forward to them each year?
More ideas for Christmas:
And if you’re still looking for gift ideas…give our book a try! Yep, we wrote a book!.