I wasn't sure how the "youngers" would react to this idea. They are 9 and 11 and I was hoping hadn't outgrown all the mystery :). So I brought Sadie over and had her see what she thought:
She was a little suspicious...
"I don't want to ruin the surprise but I think I know what's in here."
Well, she was partially right ~ the books from the basement. But what she didn't know is that it is their Christmas books from all the years going way back. I told them that each night they could unwrap one for their before-bed-reading and they thought it was a great idea!
This would also be a great way to add some mystery AND the love of reading to your Advent calendar for the year. A teacher could even use this in her classroom to count down the days till Christmas break...after all we all need a little more excitement this time of year right? ;)