Ok, it is the 1st December and that only means one thing…Christmas is coming!! I am getting a tad excited now, as are the girls.
The 1st for us is the day we start putting up the decorations and start the kids advent calendars. This year I made a huge advent calendar for them all to share. We normally buy the disposable character, chocolate ones…but to be honest they are a bit naff. Not to mention a waste of packaging that just ends up in the bin. So our new homemade calendar is made of felt and features the nativity scene in the centre which gets built up as advent goes on. A different person/animal/decoration is found in each of the 24 pockets which the kids will add to the scene. Also in each pocket we have added a kid friendly, festive joke, an activity and a chocolate each. We want to make this holiday so much more about time together, laughter and fun than about presents. So this is the calendar!
Today in pocket 1 was a star, the activity was to start putting up the Christmas decorations and the joke was ‘How do snowmen travel around?….By ice-icle!!’
Today we got the tree up with a few other little decorations dotted around 🙂 Me and the 3 kids had a blast putting on the decs. I used to be really anal about where to put them but have relaxed a lot on that. Eli did really well and was hanging things on the tree without help!
This is the finished tree 🙂
Eli loved testing the lights to make sure they still work 😉
We also decided this year to introduce The Elf On The Shelf to our traditions this year. He arrived in the number 1 pocket on the calendar. The girls are amazed by him and I really think he will make this year so much more magical for them. We have named him Edwin the Elf.
I will keep you updated on the elf and calendar throughout the run up to Christmas.
Happy 1st December 🙂