A brief history of our advent calendars

There are few things that inspire me more than people who have an idea and make it a reality. I married one of those people and like to surround myself with others. My friend Ana is one of them. I have known her for many years and even did her wedding makeup, but only recently did I realise how creative she is.

I’ve always known her as a very intelligent, well read and kind person who liked to dabble in crafts. Recently, however, she started a Facebook group called Doodlehead through which she launches weekly crafty challenges for parents to enjoy with their children and I had to add a couple of virtues to her already long list.

If you’ve read here for some time, you’ll know that I love creating Christmas traditions with my children and one of my favourite ones is the advent calendar. I still buy the cartoon character ones stuffed with chocolate (I still want my children to like me!) but every year I try to come up with something different for the girls to enjoy the countdown to the most magical day of the year. I rummaged a little through my archives and found these (heavily filtered) Instagram photos of Christmases past and wanted to share them with you.

I am writing this after having hung this year’s calendar, safe in the knowledge that I won’t be spending hours coming up with Christmassy activities for at least another five years!

2012. This was the first year I had included little notes relating to Christmas and a few activities to enjoy together as a family.
2013. I remember being very late on all things Christmas and I rustled this ‘ticker’ up in a few minutes. We were going to be on holiday for a part of December, so I skipped the activities altogether.
2014. Ivy was born one week before Christmas and I went into Christmas prep overdrive all through November. I wanted to make sure Maia and Robin had as normal a Christmas as possible, considering their lives were about to change, so I prepared 24 fun activities and made sure they carried through with them even when I was in hospital giving birth.
2015. Activities again (plus a small chocolate each). We’re using these same Lidl pockets this year, but with the Doodlehead activity cards.
This year’s Doodlehead activity cards. So much nicer and neater than my scribbled notes!

Note: this post is in no way sponsored by Doodlehead. I just really like Ana’s work and hope you will support her too. 


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