It all started with an old Playmobil advent calendar we got from the Man’s sister. She gifted it to her kids (now grown ups) and kept the box it came in, including all the pieces and instructions how to present it. 24 Small boxes with Playmobil pieces forming a wintery scene. What a lovely thing we thought, so we gave that to Daughter two years ago. She liked it a lot. So last year we bought a Playmobil advent calendar ourselves.
This year, right after Sinterklaas, Daughter brought up the subject. “Dad, do you remember? Last year? We did that thing with all the boxes?”
“Oh yeah, indeed”, Man replied. Daughter didn’t know I already bought a new calendar weeks ago. Or rather 24 cute empty boxes I would fill myself this time.
Instead of buying the prefab advent calendar, I bought a Christmas Lego set. Due to more purchases at the same store and being registered as a Lego fan I received a small Santa set for free. I cut up the instructions of both sets and distributed them and the Lego pieces over the boxes. Twelve days before Christmas eve (tradition says to start December first, but then we’re still anticipating gift night from Sinterklaas on December fifth. Give the kid a break!) she could start opening the boxes. Two per day. Again, she loved the ritual. Patiently she put the pieces together. Sometimes with a bit of frustration, but mostly without help from me or the Man. I put some chocolates in the last box as a Christmas bonus for her excellent construction work.
I guess we now officially have a new family ritual.
Have a wonderful Christmas!