A few years ago we were given a beautiful Advent “calendar”, made up of 24 little woollen hats on a ribbon.
I’m ashamed to say that I always remembered it too late to think of 24 little presents, but I was determined that this year would be different.
As I saw, it there were two challenges –
- Given the size of the little “hats”, what can you put in there? Chocolates, hair grips…and then is it the sort of little plasticky* things that always end up getting broken but somehow still don’t get thrown away?
- If you do find a source of charming, non-plasticky little things, how do you avoid effectively paying for the contents of a second Christmas stocking, and so trying to stretch the Christmas budget even further?
*it’s a word, honest
So of course I turned to the internet and came across two great suggestions on a Mumsnet thread –
- for bigger mini-presents that won’t fit, put a note in the calendar and have the presents wrapped in a little basket;
- the mini-presents can be an activity rather than a “thing” – just write what the activity will be on a note and pop it in the calendar.
And all of a sudden a previously daunting task seemed much simpler. So, safe in the knowledge that the little one involved can’t yet read, our Advent calendar this year will include:
– Nativity story sticker book (from the Book People last year, and recently rediscovered at the back of a drawer)
– Christmas scratch art decoration (on at least three days, from a pack of twelve bought from the wonderful Baker Ross)
– chocolate/chocolate coins (again on several days)
– pack of pocket tissues with a holly design
– little pot of bubbles with a Christmas wrapper
– flower hair band
– making Christmas biscuits (Christmas biscuits on account of being flavoured with cinnamon and cut out with a reindeer cutter)
– decorating the Christmas tree
– visit to our local garden centre to see the Christmas displays, have a hot chocolate and (yet to decide on the wisdom of this) go skating
– making marzipan fruits (and then eating marzipan fruits)
Still need to think of around another 9 days’ worth – might need to hold onto some of the marzipan fruits.