Do you celebrate Christmas? If you do, how do you and your family countdown until the day Santa arrives?
When I was a young girl, I always made a paper chain to countdown the days until Christmas. Every morning when I got up I would remove a paper ring from the chain. Then I would count how many rings were left on the chain, which would tell me how many days until Christmas. As I got older I would add things, like a giant star, to the end of the chain so I could visually see how short the chain was getting towards the end, as well as count how many chains were left.
I heard of Advent Calendars growing up, but it wasn’t until I was a bit older than I got one from my mom. Back then, the ones I receive were filled with candy. Each day you would open up a little “door” to reveal a piece of candy (usually chocolate) hidden inside. Naturally, I would open up more than one day at a time. There was chocolate inside! I love chocolate.
To this day I still buy my kids the chocolate Advent Calendars. My daughter always tends to eat all the chocolate right away. My son on the other hand, he tends to do it day by day, like you are suppose to.
Did you know that you can get Advent Calendars with TOYS inside? Playmobil has such an Advent Calendar.
With the Advent Calendar from Playmobil, your child will get a new toy. The toys have a similar theme, so they can all be played together, or you can mix and match the pieces with other Playmobil pieces you might have.
I received one to review. Playmobil actually has a few different kinds. The one I received is called 1-2-3 Christmas in the Forest. I really like this one because I love woodland creatures, and this set features several animals. Not only that, this one comes with a complete Santa’s sled including the big man himself (Santa), and a reindeer to pull his sled.
The box features an image of all the pieces you’ll get inside the calendar on one side, and the numbered “doors” on the other side.
The doors are not numbered in sequence, so you have to look around the box to find the door you are to open that day to reveal what’s hiding behind it.
I went ahead and opened up all of the doors, just because I was too excited to see what was behind each one.
Check out some of the goodies that I found inside this Advent Calendar.
My apologies for the photos not being as good as they could be. We have weird lighting in our home.
I LOVE these pieces. Even as an adult, I can appreciate how wonderful these are.
I’m using the sled (with Santa and the reindeer) as a decoration, as well as the three smaller deer.
As for the rest of the pieces, I brought them to where I work for the kids to play with and enjoy. We have plastic building blocks that the kids love to play with, and these added pieces were greatly appreciated by the kids. They enjoy having people and accessories to add to their creativity and play.
The Playmobil 1-2-3 Advent Calendar – Christmas in the Forest, is available on the Playmobil site for $24.99. I’ve linked to it for your convenience. Is is NOT an affiliate link.
Most of these pieces can be played with year round, so it does make a great gift.
Playmobil also has other Advent Calendars you might be interested in.
What do you think of this Advent Calendar? Do you think your child would love to have it to countdown to Christmas day?
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.