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Day 15 in our advent calendars…

2016 Lego Christmas Advent Calendars

Tonight, the Lego City calendar joined in the food theme with a cake stall! At least, it is the physical part of a stall and some cash – my son believes it will be followed by an oven and some food 🙂

Lego City advent food stall

Emma and Naomi discovered a camera and tripod in their calendar so took a shot of themselves having afternoon tea in front of the piano, and some of their new pet.

Collage of Lego camera photos

If you have enjoyed reading about day 15, you can go back to day one or even read the 2015 day 15 Lego advent calendar review.

The Most Memorable Chistmas

The most memorable Christmas for me was Christmas 2007.

Our income that year was very tight. We did not have enough money to buy a tree. My son was four years old, so, not having a tree was not an option. I was heart-broken at the thought of my son not having a beautiful Christmas tree.

Pencil drawing of a Christmas treeI decided we would make one. I borrowed an overhead projector and downloaded a picture of a beautiful tree and a fireplace. My son and I spent all day drawing this wonderful tree onto paper on our wall. When we completed drawing and coloring we took out all of our decorations. Each decoration was carefully taped to our “new” tree.

That Christmas Eve I taped Christmas lights unto our tree. My son woke up Christmas morning to a beautiful tree, a fireplace, and presents. I will never forget that Christmas. My son still loves to make our own special tree.

We didn’t need the money that I thought would buy a great tree and provide a great Christmas. We only needed each other and some simple creativity.

* Image courtesy of 123RF

 

Wrapping paper reuse

Who else collects and reuses wrapping paper? Just at Christmas or year round?

We always fold up the decent bits of paper (those the kids have ripped to shreds go in the recycling bin!) and keep them for future use. Some relatives look down at us for it, thinking we’re being cheap and lazy. Yes, it does save us money (some of which goes into buying better presents for said relatives!) but more importantly, it saves the environment.

The creation of wrapping paper involves chopping down trees, processing the paper (which uses fossil fuels and huge amounts of water) and printing the paper. Then add in the footprint of wrapping paper – how far does it travel to reach your Christmas tree? And if you collect enough paper, it is one less thing you need to worry about buying next Christmas (potentially saving pollution of driving to the shops, too!)

Other ways we save on wrapping paper are:

  • using paper we already have (e.g. from the deli) and getting the kids to decorate it – saves paper and money, entertains the kids and provides a personalised wrapping paper
  • using something practical instead of paper – tea towels and ribbons in particular wrap gifts nicely

What does everyone else think about green gift wrapping?

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