Christmas came along and we were in the process of moving, so I didn't end up passing them out.
Instead we used them as an advent calendar.
Each can has a number on it and inside there is an ornament and a piece of candy for each person in the family. We took turns opening the cans. When it was your turn, you hung the ornament on the tree and passed out the candy.
My mother crochets beautiful snowflake ornament and gives one to us each year, so that's what I used to fill the cans.
My kids loved this and looked forward to it each night. This year I think I will add a story or scripture that we can read as a family.
Last year I had them set up on the kitchen cabinets. This year I decided to stack them on the shelf so they are easier to reach. Once the can has been opened, I put it away so that the kids can easily see how many more days until Christmas!
Do you like to count down to Christmas as a family?
What kinds of things have worked for you?