So we have reached that exciting part of the year where the children get to officially think about christmas and start… The final count down!
We usually have a whole shelf of chocolate advent calendars, several for each child. This year I didn’t want to do that, they were losing the real point of it all in a frantic morning chocolate feast. So I came up with a couple of ideas, to make it a little more calm and introduce a couple of things we could make a tradition (I do love a good tradition!)
The first is aimed at my youngest baby, I got together 24 books. Some of our favorites, some christmas themed books we had and some new ones bought at our local charity shop.
I wrapped the covers with christmas paper and set them out in order on a shelf.
Each night we get the correctly numbered book, settle on the sofa and have a lovely story.
This is perfect for her age, and the others quite like it too!
I tried to have our Christmassy books during the last few nights of advent to build the atmosphere a bit more.
The second one is a fabric calendar. I found a wooden christmas tree you build up and hang lots of tiny decorations on. So I put each piece of the tree and base into the pockets of the fabric calendar and the bigger two are taking it in turns to take each bit out on the right day and build the tree.
They are really enjoying figuring out how the pieces fit together each day, and are looking forward to getting to the tiny decorations!
This is something I hope will become a tradition that we can do for years. The bonus to our little tree that I didn’t know when I bought it is that the base winds up and turns gently and plays christmas music!
I bought the tree from a charity shop for £4.95 and the fabric calendar from a charity shop for £1.99!
The advent books cost me £1.98 for two rolls of paper for wrapping, and six books from the charity shop at 49p each! The rest we already had.
So I haven’t spent much and hope to use a lot of this for a few years to come.
The kids have reacted really well to these new ideas. I am really happy this has gone down well and has created a little more fun around christmas that we can do as a family, rather than a snatched chocolate at breakfast.
Something I enjoy doing as a grown up is an advent candle. Each evening I light our candle, I love candle light is warm cosy and romantic. My mum has sent me one in a lovely glass candle stick holder.
We always had them when I was a child, they got a little harder to find for a few years but they seem to be more popular so you can find them in a lot more places.
So that’s what advent in our house looks like in our house this year.
What do you do for advent? Chocolate? Picture? Candles? Or maybe something unique to your family?
Let me know!