So, as I mentioned in the last post, Advent calendars, it's a challenge. I always like to make my own, with some years being more successful than others: last year I made a last minute "Norwegian Dictionary" for the boyfriend, not a success. The clue is in the planning, and if you haven't planned a homemade calendar yet, just give yourself a break, let it be and go for a purchased one. And I'm not thinking about the £1 Poundland/Iceland/Sainsbury's ones, there are plenty of fun options out there.
Hotel Chocolat has made a Truffles for 2 advent calendar. Perfect for couples who like to share, single people who like chocolate or a couple where one person hates chocolate and the other part has to eat both truffles on their own. I wish that was me. Or just buy two and pretend it was never meant to be shared in the first place.
One for the grown ups, this is basically gin every day, not great for alcoholics or people that have to go to work, but maybe make it a tradition to open this one in the evening? Then the mini bottles can be enjoyed after dinner and double as a sleeping aid for those who find it difficult to go to sleep.
The kids shouldn't really be hitting the gin, so get them a LEGO calendar instead. They come in different varieties (Star Wars is one of them) and they aren't that expensive. If my homemade version doesn't work out, I might get this for the boyfriend and then I can enjoy opening it ever day!
Last up is a series of short stories (yes, it's a book!) that are meant to give you tips to slow down during the advent period. Read one story a day and learn how to enjoy the run up to Christmas. Perfect for a stressed out mum who starts the Christmas planning two months early and still never finishes on time.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x