Advent Calendar Goodness

by Marita on November 26, 2010

We are once again practicing the fine art of saying thank you in the lead up to Christmas.

I’ve pulled out my cross stitch advent calendar that I spent so many months working on.


The gifts are now wrapped but here is a little peek inside:

Grandma donated two felt bag kits (and behind you can see the Christmas bags that we are keeping our advent calendar presents in :) )

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I found these two Ponyville sets for only $2 each at Coles, score! I’ve opened them up and wrapped each piece individually.

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Some more cool bits and pieces from Coles, fun colored pens, bracelet and rings with little bells on, bouncy balls and of course candy canes.

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And finally some super cute candy cane pens, Santa bubble mix, Christmas stamps, erasers and sticky note paper from 2CutePartyBags.

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Fun, not too expensive and a great way to practice saying ‘thankyou’ before Christmas Day. :)


juststopspeaking November 26, 2010 at 7:30 am

Wow – I really need to make more of an effort with mine ! A miserly chocolate just isn’t going to cut the mustard now!

leechbabe November 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

Have you see the Lego Advent Calendars? They are awesome. I’m thinking that next years Christmas will be all about the Lego.

Nanny November 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

Im starting my Advent Calendar this weekend. I love the little gifts you have bought to go with the calendar so much better then chocolate i think.

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

My youngest is nut allergic and dairy intolerant so chocolate is out for us. Was thrilled to find the idea online to make our own using little gifts.

Trish November 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

Gorgeous ideas Marita.
I thought of opening packets and wrapping pieces individually …lego men ones because Advent ones are $60 with postage only 6 men!

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I’ve done that for the Lego Party bags for Heidi’s birthday party – purchased the packs with 4 minifigures in. Put the minifigures in the party bags and then added the rest of the Lego to our collection.

Joni November 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Never did the advent calendar. Maybe next year. I’m loving those candy cane pens!

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The pens are so cute and inexpensive. I’ve put one in each of the Christmas cards Annie is giving to her classmates.

katepickle November 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

My Mum made each of my three kids an advent calendar with little draw sting bags for each day full of goodies, they can’t wait till the 1st!

What a good idea to use this as a chance to practice saying and being thankful. We had a long discussion before the birthday about how you can be grateful and polite even if the gift isn’t something you really really love…

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Saying thank you even if you are not really thankful is somethings we have to practice at constantly.

I love the draw string bag idea, would save a heap on paper and packaging. Might investigate that for next year.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 27, 2010 at 9:20 am

so organised, I love cross stitch your advent calendar is very cute.

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Thank you, trying very hard to be organised because life is so much less stressful when I am :)

Philippa November 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

I still need to put our avent calender together this year (leaving it a bit late i think!) but I would like to add a few activities to practice giving ie taking the post office staff a little gift (thinking a candy cane reindeer or similar) as it is a busy place to work over Christmas and also a few fun activites ie strawberry picking

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I love the idea of giving gifts to the post office staff. :)

Our local shopping centre does a food drive for our local food bank. Annie and I usually go out together to the grocery store and buy breakfast, lunch & dinner foods (non perishable) for a family on Christmas day. So great that the shopping centre management organises the event and makes it easy for shoppers to donate.

Kelly B November 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

WOW Martia! This is fantastic! It’s so true you can pull something together that isn’t too expensive but still very fun.

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Thank you :)

Christie - Childhood 101 November 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

What lovely items. Thinking our calendar is a little bit boring now! I wrap a little decoration for each day for Immy’s own little Christmas tree :)

leechbabe November 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm

A couple of years ago I got lots of Christmas decorations for Annie at the post Christmas sales and then wrapped them up for her Advent calendar the following Christmas. That was lots of fun :) Will have to do it for Heidi at this years post Christmas sales.

PlanningQueen November 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I have never made my own Advent Calendar, will have to add that to my list of things to do for future Christmases!

leechbabe November 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I’ve found it is lots of fun making our own – both for me to exercise my creativity shopping for gifts and for the girls unwrapping surprise each day. It also neatly avoids all the food allergy/intolerance problems.

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