Three years ago for Homemade Christmas (Click HERE to learn more about that), I asked my kids to work on my present a little early and create an Advent Calendar for me. They share a LEGO Advent Calendar and a beautiful calendar that my mom buys for them each year but I wanted something to help me mark the days of advent.
I gave them 24 envelopes, 24 index cards and 24 tea bags. They each took 12 and created love notes for me to open each day with a new teabag. I looked forward each morning to opening my new card. I loved their notes of love, the excitement on their faces as I opened each one and the effort they put into choosing the perfect tea for that day. It was the BEST gift I received last Christmas and it lasted 24 days!
Last year they made me another calendar and I added 24 different Yoga With Adriene videos (my yoga hero who is on YouTube for FREE) to go along with my cards and tea. This advent calendar was a great way for me to take a little time for self-care each day during the busy holiday season!
This Advent Calendar of Love is a wonderful gift for parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles and close family and friends. You could even save artwork throughout the year to use for the envelopes. If the recipient is not a tea drinker you could put in a few scratch tickets, a gift certificate for coffee or some “love coupons” in the envelopes. Spread them out so that they are a nice surprise for the recipient. This gift is simple but so filled with love.
Don’t celebrate Christmas? This gift can easily be adapted for Hanukkah, Solstice and Kwanzaa. My daughter has sent our friends who celebrate Hanukkah, 8 Nights of Love and Jokes for the past few years. She mails them 8 envelopes with a drawing and joke to open each night. They have really enjoyed this.