On Monday I shared with you our book advent calendar plans. Today I will be sharing with you another tradition we started last year and plan to continue. We’ve collected a fair few Christmas toys over the past few years. Instead of just getting them out, I decided to make it more special. I wrapped them all up in a box for the ladybird to open on the 1st December. It’s a little like a Christmas eve box but we get to enjoy them for the whole of December.
My eldest was two and a half last Christmas and loved opening the box and finding the toys. This year I’ve filled a hamper and our elf will arrive with the hamper tomorrow morning. This is the first year we are doing elf on the shelf. I’m hoping my eldest enjoys it. I picked a more traditional looking elf, soft toy and we won’t be doing the “he’s watching and if you’re not good you won’t get presents”. He’s coming to spend the run up to Christmas with and spread Christmas cheer. Some days he will get up to mischief, others he will hide and some days he will bring Christmas activities for us to do.
As well as the Christmas toys from the last few years, I’ve added a pair of socks and pajamas for each of the girls. They can be worn throughout December but of course, I will ensure they are clean and ready to wear on Christmas Eve.
This year I’ve purchased this wooden nativity scene from early learning centre. The stable is going in the box and I think the rest of the figures will be added one each day until it is complete. I’d like it complete by the 14th as that is the day my eldest is in her first nativity.
I’ve also filled the ladybird’s advent calendar with chocolates and a couple of Christmas hair bobbles/clips. We’ve not done an advent calendar for the tiny one as at 6 months she’s too young but she will join in with some age appropriate Christmas activities.