Day Thirteen was my birthday, so Elfie looked after my bubbles for me. Hart and I were meant to watch a movie, but the birthday celebrations when on a bit too long so we watched it on the 15th ‘Elf’ is such a great Christmas movie.
Day Twelve is all about Christmas Popcorn. Elfie was hanging out in the pantry with the ingredients, and fortunately that tied in with the Activity Advent, and the bottom is the finished product. Popped corn, with white chocolate, and 100s and 1000s. I remembered after we had finished that it’s meant to be red and green pebbles/smarties but Hart didn’t notice so all good.
Day Eleven, and we’re creeping closer to half way. Elfie was on the green tree, which this year is in the dining room and features newly bronzed stars. The Goodie Hart opened was a Star Wars Micro Fighter.
Day 9 sees Elfie having out in the the table setting, with my newly sprayed baubles #onceweresilver, the Activity Advent is a present for his teacher. We gave him a Christmas mug. H helped with the wrapping, chose and tied the ribbon, and the gift card.
Hopefully we’ll start to have progress on the puzzle and the Lego soon, but in the meantime, Choice for Dinner was the old favourite McDonalds, no toy though it was lame, and Elfie is off for a ride on sparkly reindeer.
Day Seven sees cheeky Elfie messing with the puzzle pieces and the Activity Advent was a New World Little Christmas toy.
Day Six -Hart was at his dad’s so after he got home the only activity option was to play basketball with his cousin while we were there for dinner, he seemed pretty happy with that. Elfie is hanging out with Baby Hartleigh, and the bottom pic is the newly ‘coppered’ Be Merry. I’m loving my new spray booth, and this colour!
Hartleigh has four Advent Calendars this year, and before you think that’s a bit OTT, it may be, but there’s no Advent police running around dictating how many you can have, thankfully!
So he has the usual ‘chocolate-a-day’ one, and he has two ‘build-a-bit-each-day’ calendars – one is a Star Wars 100 piece jigsaw, and the other is a Minecraft Lego creation, his fourth and final is our traditional Activity calendar. For this, I have usually completed all the activities before the start of the month, but this year it’s a bit of a moving beast as I’m making some last minute changes depending on things that are happening.
The first day of December saw the return of our Elf On A Shelf. I had hoped to have him wired by now, but time got away from me and firstly I couldn’t find my wire so I had to buy some, then I needed a quick unpick, which my sister dropped off to me this morning. but I also need a needle to sew him back up. Went to Spotlight today, forgot to get one! So I’m going to wait until the weekend now.
Anyway, here are today’s calendars (I won’t be posting a pic of each calendar each day – the Builders will be every few days when there is something to show, and for the Activity if it’s simple I’ll just post a pic of the card, if it’s ‘something’ then I’ll include that).
Elf On A Shelf sits atop the ‘Minecraft Lego’ advent
‘chocaday’ advent – duly tested by the mother
Activity Advent ‘Your Choice For Dinner’ = BurgerFuel
The bags hide a 100 piece Star Wars jigsaw
The Elf On A Shelf is visiting our house this year.
With 109 days left until the big day, I’m very keen to start theming the house, but it’s still a little early. (Even for me!)
In the meantime I’ve been keeping myself busy by creating advent calendars and other bits and pieces. Below is the advent calendar I’ve made for my mum.
I used small flat bottomed bags, and cut the numbers with my Cricut – each set of 6 bags has a slightly different paper pattern. The bags are held closed with small wooden pegs. I haven’t ‘sealed’ the bags so they can be reused.
I filled the bags with things my mum likes – coffee, skin care and nail treatments, and chocolates. There is also a small handmade gift in the first bag.