Let the Christmas countdown commence!
These DIY advent calendars have been counting us down to Christmas since we were children. They are a fantastic way to infuse holiday traditions with healthy habits as you choose what your children (or grandchildren) unwrap and consume each morning of December.
My grandmother started this tradition the year after we force-fed her the soap tasting “chocolate” hidden behind the brightly coloured flaps of our cardboard advent calendars. Slipping soap resembling candy to your children may be one way to reduce the sugar they consume this season, but to protect the tooth enamel and blood sugar levels of our grandparents, this DIY offers plenty of treats without the sweets! They are easy to create, are a stress relieving outlet of creativity, can be reused each year and offer the added environmentally friendly benefit of repurposing all of your old christmas cards lingering around your cellar. And we’re just in time to make them!
Creating The Christmas Card Boxes
From Sweets To Treats
A few sweets here and there are okay too, but treats do not have to be full of sugar. The ultimate tip: raid your local health food store! You will find plenty of healthy goodies and these are a few ideas to get you going:
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans)
- Seeds (sunflower, pepitas – pumpkin seeds, etc.)
- Trail mix
- Dried Fruit (figs, dates, dried cranberries, etc.)
- A dairy free, soy free dark chocolate square (a little sugar here and there is okay too! Just make sure it is a very small amount and teeth are brushed afterward)
- All natural lip balm
- A small bracelet or trinket (it doesn’t always have to be food)
- Not every box needs to be different, just make sure that repeated days are spread throughout the month.
- You do not need much. We will get 2 dates, 5 walnuts, etc. They are just intended to be small treats to unwrap each morning.