Annika on the Swedish blog En köpfri dag (A day without shopping) has a fun idea for Christmas calendars: instead of giving tiny often disposable gifts every day, the kids get every day a task, something nice to do. She suggests kids could e.g. choose a toy they donate to a children’s hospital, choose a person to make happy, give a few coins to a street performer or bake to somebody. If they get through the 23 tasks (yes, 23 in Scandinavia; Santa Clause comes to us on Christmas Eve), they will get something a bit more profound from the calender on Christmas Eve.
As Annika points out, the idea is easily adjusted to various ages. In my opinion it is also easily adjusted to other values, I mean why not make it family calendar and to every day have a task of doing something together? I also like the idea of kids being involved in the Christmas spirit of giving as well as receiving.
I am in the process of thinking of what to do regarding Christmas calendars. I am not over the moon of the idea of having all sorts of tiny items around the house. Maybe I’ll end up with some sort of combination, some tasks, some small items and some raisins 😉 What do you do for calendars?
While these Christmas calendars are just scratching the surface of a more sustainable Christmas, you’ll get a lot deeper, if you take a look at the great, thoughtful and sustainable Christmas gift ideas that Bronwyn has come up with!