It was my intention to send this post last week, but time flew by and before I knew it the 30th of November was here and my love and I were sitting up late on Saturday evening filling little boxes marked with numbers up to 24. We have taken on the tradition of advent calendars here from Denmark. In years past, other than the nativity calendar, I make each year with Jesus making his appearance on the 24th, we have at times also bought Lego or Playmobil calendars.
This year I really wanted to do something more personal. Something special! On a recent trip to Ikea I found adorable advent calendars, a little Christmas tree filled with 24 empty little sliding boxes. I couldn’t wait to fill them. I ended up buying inexpensive little gifts; Christmas bells, tiny Christmas tree decorations, chocolates, balloons, a little Lego figure, a tiny car and in some I wrote little love notes. ” We love you more than all the stars!”. For bigger gifts, such as new story books, I wrote a note on where to find them. The Advent calendars are reusable, so they will surely be used every year from now on.
But advent calendars don’t have to cost money, nor do they only have to be for children. I dislike the idea of Christmas being commercialised. I have always made homemade cookies for friends and loved ones and taught my children that homemade gifts are just as special if not more. Therefore an advent calendar can be a way in this special time to tell someone you love, just how much you love them in 24 days. You can decide to take them coffee in bed each morning, or write them little love notes and leave them on their pillow. You can hang envelopes with love letters, one for each day. You can even decide to sms a few words of love each day. You can commit to spending an hour with the one you love doing something special or just giving your complete and full attention without any distractions.
Instead of thinking I won’t buy an advent calendar as it is just going to cost money, why not think creative and make this a time of year to try and slow down and show how much you love someone.
If you feel you have missed the boat and the countdown has already started, don’t fret, you still have 21 days left…….
I also bought a Shanes World box Advent Calendar this year. I couldn’t resist. My little people, especially the eldest loves crafting. So far we have completed two days, and we love our ”niss” or elf and his house. The youngest of the little people said ”pragtig” as he admired the little elf afterwards, and has since not stopped foraging to find more and more moss and goodies to make the elf feel at home in his forest. For each box sold some of the money is donated to Save the Children, ”Red Barnet”. I love giving my time and spending my afternoons in the run up to Christmas with my boys, crafting and creating our very own Christmas Wonderland.
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P.S. This is not a sponsored post, all opinions on here are entirely my own.
P.P.S. ”Pragtig” means beautiful in Afrikaans.