*Day 1: Advent Calendars {Christmas for Teens}

Today is the first post in my 12 Days of Christmas for Teens series! Yippee! This time of year can be hectic and stress-filled, so adding a little simple fun to the season and participating in new or time-tested traditions can bring smiles and remind us of the bigger meaning behind the music, gifts and rush. 

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Growing up, money was tight. But the one thing my mom splurged on during the holidays was a chocolate Advent Calendar to mark each day in December. It was a tradition we LOVED, and it's one I have passed on to my children. My 17 year-old still looks forward to opening a door each day and seeing what chocolate shape emerges. I have a feeling that I will be sending these off to college in the years to come:)

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I got these Beauties at Ikea; the 5 chocolate ones are for each of my Teens. The larger St. Nicholas calendar is for the family; I am going to be adding strips of paper with verses, tasks, prayers or activities in each door.

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In addition to the chocolate and St. Nicholas calendars, I purchased a gorgeous and meaningful card Advent calendar from Naptime Diaries. Each day is a beautiful art print with an attribute or reminder of Christ's place in Christmas. LOVE IT!!

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Traditions that we began when my kiddos were younger, still please my Teens today-- that's kind of what traditions are set up to do// remind us of times past. The advent calendar is one of those time-tested traditions that we still love and look forward to. Simple. Cheap. Memory Makers. 

Let the December festivities begin!
xox- susan