Christmas countdown can start now…

For a few years now I’ve struggled with the whole advent calendar thing. I can’t stand the ones that you find in the stores, but at the same time I just couldn’t seem to get organised enough to do something hand-made and really special (like this, for example).

This year though, I’ve managed to put a little something together. It’s not overly complicated in the making, and I think the fun will be in the execution. It combines four of my favourite things; twine, books, treasure hunts and chocolates.

First I got hold of some Christmas gift tags…

…then I wrote some numbers on them, ready for the countdown. I love Pigment Ink pens on black card!

On the reverse side I wrote some bookish clues, ready for a chocolate hunt, one each day leading up to Christmas…

I twisted up about half-a-dozed strands of twine to make a clothes-line, and then pegged each tag to it with a mini-peg. I had a couple of 3M hooks and some blue-tac lying around so I used that to string the advent calendar up on the wall.

Finally, I’ll buy some yummy chocolates and one final special gift for the night before Christmas, ready for the kids to go searching. They’ll have to work out Mummy’s favourite reading spot, Evan’s favourite books and where they’d find Dad’s stinky socks, all in order to find each day’s Christmas treat!

I hope it’ll be lots of fun for everyone!

What do you do for the Christmas Countdown?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trish MLDB
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 14:22:56

    A very cute idea Mandi


  2. Tamara Campbell
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 16:19:53

    My 3 1/2 yo and I made a paper chain on the weekend. 1 link for every day in December until Christmas. She will snip or tear a link from the chain each morning as her count down. I had forgotten how festive paper chains are; and I love that she was really involved in its making. We’ve had to tape it up out of reach of our youngest family member. Can’t wait until the 1st!!!


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