Day Seventeen – Elfie met Noel, and the 17th was the last day of school so Hart got to choose what ever he wanted to do. He chose a lunch date with his dad (I had to go back to work).
Day Fourteen is a special day, Hart wrote a card to the Safyre Terry, a young burn victim who has asked for people to send her Christmas cards from all over the world. He sent her one of his calendar art cards which has a picture of him and his art on the front. We hope she loves it.
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!
Day Five, Saturday, seemed a good a time as any for a bit of Christmas shopping, and cheeky Elfie seems to be inferring Kiss My @ss, not Wish Upon A Star!
Day Three was a race day for me, so I made it easy with chocolate. Elfie was hanging out with the Ho’s and the puzzle pieces grew.
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
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.
Today is the 12th day after Christmas and is traditionally (and superstitiously) the last day to remove ‘Christmas’, so I took down all the decorations, lights, decor, and trees. At present they aren’t actually packed away as I want to go through all the boxes in preparation for this year. I’ve started a Christmas 2014 List that outlines the themes, ideas, and also what I would like to make for each room this year.
While I was planning the foyer space I wondered what I could do with the rather large and dark bookcase and realised it has 12 sections to it which could easily fit two bags or boxes in it to create a big advent calendar, so project number two was born! (Project number one is knitted bunting which is in trial stage at present but looking very promising, and of course I’ll be blogging about that).
So my plan for the Bookcase Advent Calendar is to use a range of boxes and gift bags that I come across during the year, and each one will have a small gift, chocolate, a ‘to do’ card, and the very last one will be Hartleigh’s ‘A Night Before Christmas’ box. This traditionally contains a pair of pyjamas, a Christmas book, some popcorn, chocolates, and a small gift. I usually also put the plate we put Santa’s food on in there to remind us to do this.
As December is such a busy month and I know I won’t be able to blog each day we open the advent, I’m very tempted to blog as I create each number,that way I can share the calendar and not stress about keeping up to date during the busiest month of the year.