Advent calendar begins

Yay! It's December 2nd! We're a day late, but we've started creating our advent calendar for Archer. Last year, we made a Brooklyn-style brownstone facade out of a cereal box, with windows and doors that opened to reveal each day's surprise. We are in a new home this Christmas, and since we have a fire place and mantel, I've decided to use it as part of our advent calendar display.

Here's how its looking so far...

Today's star, #2, said "Choose 1 gift." Archer is starting to read, and it was so much fun to hear him sound this out, and then look around with excitement for where this gift might be. My husband made up a bowl of advent gifts, all with a different wrapping paper. Archer chose the brightly blue wrapped present, which was a collection of Eric Carle stories. Eric is one of my all-time favorites, and I cannot wait til Archer gets home from school so we can read them together.