First, we generated a list of positive personality qualities that we feel are important. The kids came up with some great ones: honesty, helpfulness, being a good friend, courage. I added more that I wanted to highlight: determination, respect for the Environment, creativity, flexibility.
Next, I typed them into my computer and printed them out. This year we will write them for a little extra handwriting/spelling practice.
We placed them in a second Advent calendar that we already owned. (If you don't have one, you can simply put all of the character traits in a box and have your child choose one each day, or put each one in an envelope and write the day of the month on the outside. You will need 25 traits for December 1st through 25th.)
Here's our complete list (which totals more than 25), although you may want to come up with your own: Perseverance, Kindness, Determination, Helpfulness, Self-Respect, Trustworthiness, Respect for Others, Respect for the Environment, Honor, Sportsmanship, Gratitude, Courtesy, Creativity and Flexibility, Forgiveness, Cooperation, Acceptance, Honesty, Loyalty to Family, Courage, Patience, Caring, Peacemaking, Sense of Adventure, Sense of Humor, Being a Good Friend, Responsibility, Giving, and Hospitality (Being a Good Host).