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Christmas advent day fifteen

Second last Saturday before Christmas and there is Christmas everywhere, including day fifteen of advent calendars!

Ornament calendar

In today’s calendar we still pressed out two pieces but strangely they do not interconnect – we have two decorations! It sort of makes sense as not many people go around with one ice skate, but still felt a little strange.

ice skate decorations on the tree

Lego City

The anticipated Christmas tree popped out from under flap fifteen.

Lego Christmas tree

Lego Friends

We are debating what the Friends ornament from day fifteen actually is… To me, it looks like a platter or board for holding cupcakes to hand around at a Christmas party, but my children think it is a present. Once hanging, it does really look like a present, but why are there raised bits (that look like Lego cupcakes!) randomly sticking out from it?

Lego cupcake platter checkboard

Christmas book

Happy Christmas Spot is the cheery little book we will read tonight. Have you read this one with your kids this Christmas?

Day eight of Christmas countdowns…

Being Saturday, it has been harder for my kids to wait for evening to do their advent calendars! They’d love to open them each morning but I figure finding Tinkles is enough to fit in before school, so advent calendars are for counting the end of each day and see how many more days there are to go…

When do you open advent calendars in your house?

Ornament calendar

Our press out ornament calendar was themed on presents tonight – two gift boxes piled as an ornament, and a picture of two elves wrapping presents.

Present ornament from press out calendar

Lego City

A picture paints a thousand words they say – just as well I can add a picture of today’s Lego City advent item as I have no idea what to call it! It certainly isn’t a Christmas item – what do you think it is? I should add that my son believes it is a drone, and I can kind of see that…

Lego item from City advent calendar

Lego Friends

Our newest Lego ornament is a candy cane – bigger than a Lego character or the common candy canes, and harder to put together than you may think (three different types of connector meant you have to concentrate to get it working). There are little vents in the long straight pieces – I’m not sure what they are for…

large Lego candy cane

Christmas Book

Tonight we have a party to attend so we deliberately read a short Christmas book – Dear Santa. It is a lovely story, aimed more at babies than school aged kids but still a lovely book to look at together before we head out! Enjoy your Saturday night!

Lego advent day 12

Hop hop! A cute little white rabbit with a carrot and a shelter hopped out of flap 12 of the Lego Friends advent calendar this evening 🙂  Luckily, the shelter required some construction so everyone was happy with their Lego experience tonight (after last night’s disappointment).

Lego bunny in shelter with a snowman

The cute Lego bunny – the crown is from last night!

Both kids were excited by the bunny, and Miss five also enjoyed watching the bunny and snowman go skiing!

Lego bunny and snowman on skis

Over at Lego City, my son unwrapped and built two Christmas presents to go under the Christmas tree. Actually, he considers there to be three presents as a spare ‘bow’ (actually just a flat square) is a tiny gift 🙂

Lego presents udner a Christmas tree beside Santa's chair

The stage is set for Santa…

Hop back to the start of our Lego advent reviews or catch up on yesterday’s.

A puppy for christmas

Puppy on Christmas giftWhen i was a few years younger i really wanted a puppy for christmas but my mother said no a few times. i begged and begged and begged but she insisted and i gave up hope.

On Christmas morning i woke up being licked by my adorable pet, who is now 13 years old!

What a cool mom!

 

* Image courtesy of 123rf.com

Chocolate Christmas Trees

Takes about 50 miniutes ot make, but they look so cool!

Ingrediants:

250 g plain sweet biscuits
2 tbsp cocoa
1 cup desicated coconut
150 – 200g white chocolate for decoration.
150g dark chocolate pieces, hundreds & thousands, or choc sprinkles for decoration as well.

Method:

combine buicuit crumbs with cocoa!

 Now add your cocoanut and sweet condensed milk.

Put cling wrap on them and put in fridge for 20-25 minutes

than shape them into fir tree shapes (cones really)

Now drissle melted white choclate  all  over(as your tinsel) and decorate with your delicous hundreads and thousands or choclate sprinkles (as your other decorations on your tree).

if you have some star stickers or icing shapes, put one on each tree to finish it off.

Ummmmmmmmmm,a quick,yummy and fun activity to do with your kids – maybe give as presents, too.  The trees, not the kids!)

Making a child happy!

We have some good friends who have a 2 year old son. His was the first Christmas present we bought this year – we saw it months ago and grabbed it on the spot for him.

On the weekend, we saw our friends and gave their son his gift. It was a little barn (made out of fabric like a small tent) with 8 soft animals (4 pairs of mother and baby). He wasn’t overly excited when it opened and I set up the barn for him, but he then played with his animals happily.

We all left together to go to carols by candlelight – and the barn came with us. One determined two year would not let go of his barn in the car or walking from the car to the park where we had carols, and likewise to go back to the car! He did put it down to run around the park and eat a doughnut, but we got the message that he loved his new barn and animals.

That is the sort of reaction we love when giving a present!

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