Ryan and Katie are always anxious to see December's arrival because of two traditions: the bear calendar and the chocolate Adventskalender.
I've had the DecemBear calendar for years, and the kids love to move the bear around as he looks for Christmas. Ryan and Katie take turns reading each day's adventures, usually embellishing the journey the bear must take.
The Adventskalender is a newer tradition, but the kids have come to expect these chocolate treats. The German Club at school sells them every year, and every year I buy two as soon as they go on sale. Each day Ryan and Katie get to open another window and eat the chocolate inside. Both kids exhibit extraordinary discipline by eating just one piece of candy at a time! They really want their calendars to last until Christmas!