Saturday, November 14, 2020

Using a Lightbox as an Advent Calendar - Yes or No?

Today I'm going to review an alternative to the usual advent calendars as a way to countdown to Christmas - a lightbox!

Forget the advent calendars and try adding a lightbox underneath your tree for a fun countdown. You can get your own...

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Now when my daughter was younger I brought a fabric advent calendar that had little pouches I would fill each year - she used the same advent calendar every year and loved it. My friend had a wooden advent calendar that was shaped like a Christmas tree and her kids would take turns opening it - she also used to get them a chocolate advent calendar each so that no one went without something during the countdown!

It was only last year after my daughter moved out that I saw the post that you can see above - a lightbox to countdown the days seemed like a great idea. I'm interested to know what other people think though - a small gift or chocolate every day for the kids or just a countdown display under the Christmas tree?

Lightbox Holiday Decor - can it replace an advent calendar?
Let me know if you're a Yes or a No!

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  1. I used the same handmade advent calendar where you tied on hard candies for each day for all the years my children were growing up. I would have to say that the traditional wins over the non-traditional light box idea. Although, the lightbox could be used in addition, as just a countdown only.

  2. Well, if voting, I would vote for the homemade advent calendar. My Mom made them for us when we were little and I loved them. She used yarn to tie candy on them instead of pockets. Pretty cool trick. For adults, I really like the idea of the lightbox, but I would probably forget to change it everyday. Holidays are always so busy, but I do love the tidy look of the lightbox.

  3. Well Lou, I'm a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas. Don't like upside down trees, purple trees, etc. Give me the good old fashioned ideas to keep this holiday. Homemade things are all over my house at Christmas time and that includes the Advent Calendar. We still love to count down the days even though our youngest left the nest over 15 years ago. Who doesn't like a chocolate or two while waiting patiently for Christmas?

  4. Advent calendars have never been part of our Christmas tradition, but if it were, I would prefer the fun of opening a tiny surprise gift each day to simply counting the days. But for people who live alone or have no children, the light box might be an appealing alternative.

  5. A light box calendar is pretty cool. I wouldn't mind having one of those. The added to light to a room would be lovely too.

  6. I dont do Advent calendars... but I do like the lightbox. I'm wondering how I could put one to use!

  7. I would have both! I love the traditional advent calendar but I also like the look of that lightbox and at this time of year anything that adds a lovely light to a room is welcome.

  8. I like the traditional Advent calendars with treats. However, for someone with an empty nest, the lightbox alternative is a good one. I didn't know about that option.


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