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Advent count down reaches day twenty!

Wow, we’ve made it to day twenty now.

What has happened on the 20th December? Well, in 1699 Peter the Great changed New Year from 1 September to 1 January, Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin was first published in 1812, It’s a wonderful Life (a classic movie played every Christmas) premiered in 1946, and Rosa Parks sat in a ‘white seat’ on a bus in 1956.

Ornament calendar

Our ornament calendar today produced a sack for Santa – the image clearly shows it is full as the elves are struggling to move it!

Santa's sack pressed out ornament hanging on a tree hear a sleigh

Lego City

My son likes this mini digging machine, but I’m not sure it will fit in with his mining Lego very well as it is so small!

Lego digging machine

Lego Friends

Tonight’s Lego ornament is pretty – a white snowflake with blue ‘waterdrops’ on the end to give it colour and interest – and fits in with the white Christmas model.

Lego snowflake ornament

Christmas book

And tonight’s Christmas book is Santa is coming to Australia! – and he is coming soon! It is a cute book and my kids love spotting places they can recognise – maybe we can get a map out tonight and they can trace Santa’s journey across Australia, too.

Day fourteen in our Christmas countdown

How is your advent countdown coming along? We’re up to day fourteen and the collection of things created is growing, so let’s see what is behind the latest flaps…

Ornament calendar

Again, we’re back to the northern winter concept of Christmas as we pressed out a snowflake tonight. I quite like the snowflake – for such a simple ornament, it has depth and a charm to it.

A charming snowflake tree ornament

Lego City

Here are some presents to wonder about what could be inside – they are interesting shapes rather than just the box shapes we’ve seen in Lego calendars before (like the lidded box in 2017 and solid gifts in 2015)

Lego Christmas presents

Lego Friends

I really like the cute little piano we got in the Friends calendar tonight, and my daughter is happy as she has a piano (ok, she rarely plays it and she gave up lessons, but it’s there!)

Lego piano ornament

Christmas book

Little Miss Christmas is our book for tonight, which will be fun as I haven’t read that one in quite some time.

Christmas calendars, day six

Day six – it may be quite (very!) warm in many parts of Australia today, but all our advent calendars are focussing on cold weather for day six!

Ornament calendar

I think this is a very pretty ornament – the subtle purples on the blue and white gives it a sense of depth and cold that adds to the realism of our snowflake.

Cardboard nowflake Christmas decoration hanging on a tree and being pressed out of a book

Lego City

Yesterday was the Lego Friends snowman, and today is Lego City‘s turn, complete with a hot chocolate.

Lego snowman with huskie and sled in the background

Lego Friends

And today’s Lego ornament is a stocking, complete with mistletoe.

Lego stocking ornament

Christmas book

Tonight we will be reading a bit of applause for Mrs Clause, although I’m not sure I need any reminders about how many jobs are still on my to do list! Of course, I’m pleased to say we will happily help Mrs Claus with the pile of Santa letters she needs to write!

Edible snowflakes

Ok, they aren’t part of an Aussie Christmas, but snowflakes do have a traditional Xmas feel and these ones are quite yummy 🙂

To make 60 snowflakes…

Sanat's cabin in Canada!

A white Christmas in Canada has snowflakes – Aussies need edible snowflakes!

2 cup icing sugar
5.5 cups plain flour
250 g butter
2 eggs
2.5 tsp vanilla essence

get eggs to room temperature.
Cube butter and put back in fridge
mix flour and 1.5 cup sugar together then add butter.
Blend until you get a mixture looking like fine breadcrumbs.
Mix in eggs and vanilla essence until a dough forms.
Knead dough until lower surface is smooth.
Push dough into two circles about 20 cm across and wrap in grease-proof paper. Put in fridge for an hour or so – should be firm to touch.
roll out dough until about 5mm thick – sticks less if you put it between sheets of baking paper.
If you can find a snowflake cutter, now is when to use it! If not, use a star cutter and a knife to adjust it or try a Christmas tree cutter (instead of snowflakes or join two together for a snowflake-ish look).
Put trays of biscuits into fridge for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat over to 180 Celsius and prepare baking trays (grease or use baking paper).
bake for about 10 minutes
cool completely on trays then dust with icing sugar to enhance the snow feeling.

 

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