Growing up with a German mother, celebrating advent was a big deal and magical to us children. In our family I have so much fun putting together and collecting gifts for the advent calendar. Henrik is now at such a wonderful age and gets really excited to open each advent. This year I found some great paper advent bags at Ikea and couldn’t pass them up. I like to keep things simple and I just tied twine to the staircase. I then attached the bags to the twine with wooden close pins going up the stairs.
I rotate the gifts so that my two children get something every other day. I usually give them small little gifts that range from $1-$4. I also like to pick gifts that they can get a lot of play out of. Because I have a 22-month-old that is into everything I only put one advent gift in at a time the night before.