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I’ve never been a big fan of chocolate advent calendars. It’s not that I don’t like chocolate, goodness banish the thought – I’ve been know to face plant a bar or 8 from time to time, I just think advent calendars can be SO much more fun… but it can get really expensive to do with more than one child.

This year we’re doing something extra fun. I’ve filled up the kid’s Christmas tree (yep, they have one in their bedroom – we like to live dangerously in this house) with little parcels and in them are… Itty Bittys!

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In case you don’t know, Itty Bittys are little teddies that come in various characters like The Wizard of Oz, Superheros and Disney stars! They are perfect for little hands – and are easy to slot into these sweet little parcels which not only look fun for the kids, but make lovely décor too.

The other thing I like about doing this is that we take it in turns and I really feel that the kids learn something from this. Have we had whines of “I wanted that onneeeee!”? Yes, of course, but as the days are going on the kids are getting better and better at sharing their collection and actually look forward to seeing each other open their little gift. It’s also a fun way to start the gift giving early without going overboard, something I have been known to do all too often in the past.

You can do this kind of thing with anything really – if you wanted to you could go even smaller and do something for each child on each day, but I really feel like their is some value to “sharing” the advent and teaching kids that they can enjoy giving (almost) as much as receiving!

What do you do for advent?

H 🙂

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