Advent calendar and other Christmas traditions

December 1, 2015

Last year I wrote about our advent calendar, how I decorated it and that I’d planned for it to become part of  our Christmas traditions.

Well, its back! I’m already finding it’s hard to explain to a toddler that he can only open 1 drawer each day but as it’s kept out of reach its not so bad. Even if  wants to throw a paddy, he can’t get at it.

We have new activities in it this year too as Dexter is older and can obviously do more. December the 1st is always ‘Write letter to Santa’  so we have done that this morning using a kit from a local shop and we plan on posting it this evening. The kit also includes a reply from santa so I’m going to post that one to Dexter while he isn’t looking or maybe just put in in the letter box one morning so he can find it himself. Advent calendar 2015

Other activities this year will include going to see the Coca-Cola truck when it visits Peterborough later this month, a visit to see Santa at Baytree Garden Centre. We also have some new crafts to add too such as making beaded candy canes on pipe cleaners, painting Christmas sun catchers that we can then hang on the tree, making Christmas crackers and watching movies with popcorn and hot chocolate. If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure to be sharing our activities each day. calendar crafts

Another tradition we have started is for each of us to have a new ornament or decoration for our tree. For myself and Liam these aren’t as important but for Dexter and our future child(ren) these are intended to be looked after and used each year until one day they fly the nest. Once they leave home and have a Christmas tree of their own, they will already have a few decorations to go on their tree and start their own traditions with. These below are this years new additions apart from the bottom left which is my choice for last year. I’m still yet to find one I want this year but Liam has chosen this copper geometric one and Dexter chose the squirrel as he’s seen quite a lot of them on walks to preschool this year and it matches his reindeer from last year.baubles2015

I’m quite a Christmas-a-holic so I love doing things like this. I’m always one of the first to have our decorations up and I love the idea of having our own family traditions.

What do you do for advent or what Christmas traditions do you observe? I’d love to see how you do it with your family. Please do share what you get up to. I look forward to hearing from you all.
Merry Christmas

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14 Comments

  • Reply Jenni December 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Ooh I love this! The Christmas bauble idea is lovely and I like that you have activities in the advent calendar rather than a chocolate each day. Thanks for linking up #ChristmasLinky

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 2, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Oh he has chocolate too but only a tiny one and the activities are way more fun 🙂

  • Reply Crummy Mummy December 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

    This looks like such a great idea & lots of fun! #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks. I think it makes a difference to have something to do rather than just eat a piece of chocolate.

  • Reply Kirsty December 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Love the ideas. My little one was only 3 months old last Christmas so this is the first one we are starting to come up with traditions, like seeing santa at White Post Farm near us and have tea with the elves, advent calendars and a plate and cup ready for Christmas eve to leave out for santa and the reindeer #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Tea with the elves? That sounds like fun! We do achristmas plate for santa too but it stays in our christmas eve box where we all have new pjs, new toothbrushes, popcorn for a film and something nice from lush for our baths.

  • Reply Lizzie ( firstooth ) December 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Your advent is gorgeous we’re yet to achieve a morning where the children can contain themselves and not rummage through their entire advent calendar. Your traditions sound lovely and it’ll be something you look forward to each year. We haven’t attempted any traditions of our own yet but I’m obsessed with Christmas so I’m sure we will! #tinseltuesday

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Haha If Dexter had his way there would be nothing left in the calendar but I keep it way up high so theres no way he can reach it.
      We also do a Christmas eve box but I forgot to add that to the post.

  • Reply Mommy's New Groove December 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Great ideas! My 3 yo daughter and I will be doing the Polar Express train for the first time this year! I am very excited as I love that movie! Hoping to make it a tradition! Thanks for sharing! #fartglitter

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      D’ya know I’ve still never seen that film all the way through. I’ll make sure I watch it soon though!

  • Reply Helen Gandy December 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Ahhh I love the calendar, such a fab idea. I’ll look out for you at the Coca Cola truck as we are going too hehe 🙂 Thanks for linking! #bestandworst x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Oh awesome, I might spot you then! Yay!

  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles December 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I love this idea, I hope I can do something like this next year (or steal all of your ideas!!) xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby December 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Steal away my dear, Cant wait to see you do 🙂

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