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Christmas Village Advent Calendar 2021

It's all in there for you. All you have to do is glue the house fronts to the provided paper bags to make your village houses! Put your family members' favorite surprises and treats in them, close the bags, and set up your village!
Each set contains 25 paper house fronts, hand-drawn and gorgeous, 25 kraft paper bags to glue them on, instructions, and a surprise! Each house is different, and they are numbered from 1 to 25, to be opened each day from December 1st to the 25th! Once they are assembled and closed, set them up together to make your winter village. More family members involved means more houses and a bigger village! Fa la la la laaa, la la la la...


Here are some additional items you can add to make your village more magical!
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Watch how easy it is to make the houses and set up your enchanted village! 
The process of creating your Christmas village with little surprises for your loved ones is so joyful! Last year, I set it all up while the kids were out on November 30th. When they came back home, it was already dark, and the little village lights were glimmering in the middle of the living room. It was truly magical. And the joy lasts throughout the month as they wake up excited to open their house of the day. Want to know what's even better? Come December 25, the winter village will be all gone and there will be no cleaning up to do! And the magic continues :) 

Here are some of the things I put in the girls' little houses:
Little treats: I like to be mindful (read: snobby ;) with the treats I choose: avoid the cheap Halloween-grade candies, choose truffles from local shops, small buns and cute cookies (things that can go bad in earlier houses), and home-made hot cocoa mixes.

Little activities: I have two daughters and for some of the houses, I put little games they can play together or with us, and activities they can do together like painting, sewing, or building something. Some stores have a wall of small games near their board games, I find little sewing kits at the craft aisles, Lego always comes up with new small sets to build small items, and their Lego Dots series is in the magical category between building and art. Love it!

Little gifts: Small stuffies are my girls' favorites. When they touch the bags and feel something soft they recognize new stuffies and get so excited! Fuzzy winter-themed socks or mittens have also been popular, and there never seems to be enough stickers and tattoos in their collection.

Little books: My girls are now reading chapter books, which come in a smaller format than picture books and fit so nicely in those paper bags! These usually go in the taller houses at the back of the village so the book weight could rest on the back wall.


NEW! Download this super handy sheet that lets you plan the gifts to put in the houses and will then serve as a cheat sheet so you remember what you put in there! 
If you're a planner and organizer like me, you will love this! It's so helpful to categorize the gifts you choose depending on the sizes of the houses in the calendar, and the day of the week (for example, I like to leave the longer activities and sugary treats for the weekend or no-school days). And if your kids are different ages or have different favorite things, this sheet will help you plan better. Click on the little sheet thumbnail below to download it and print it!


Now it's your turn to get social and inspire others (ok, and to show off your beautiful village calendar)! 

Don’t forget to post a photo of your village on Instagram or Facebook and tag @pokidots so I could see it and share it to inspire others with their Pokidots! Christmas village Advent calendars!

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