Thursday, October 12, 2017

Counting down to Christmas with Smiggle

One of my favourite parts of Christmas growing up was opening the advent calendar each morning during December. It was such a fun way to count down to Christmas and it was super exciting knowing we'd get a little surprise each morning. I knew even before I had kids it was a tradition I was going to continue, and I have, but with a little twist.

We've done advent calendars with bub every year except her first Christmas {because she was 5 months old and had no idea what Christmas was}. I've done it a little different to mum though as I've always avoided the chocolate advent calendars, mainly because she had a dairy allergy until 2.5 so she couldn't eat it anyway, but also because I think it's more fun to receive something that lasts for more than 2 seconds. When you get a chocolate or lolly it's literally gone straight after it's opened, so instead we've usually given mini toys. However, now that she's older and at kindy, bub's really starting to get into stationary in a big way {every day she draws about 50 birthday cards and pictures for me, literally, not even exaggerating}, so when I was asked if we wanted to review the new 2017 Smiggle advent calendar, I couldn't answer yes fast enough.



As you can see by the little hands waiting not so patiently in the corner up there, bub was just a little excited when it arrived. Not going to lie, I was too, even though it's technically not for me my inner child is definitely keen to see what's hiding inside. It took every ounce of self control not to let her rip into it straight away. I already knew the advent calendar contained 25 limited edition stationary items worth over $70, but I had {and still have} no idea what's actually hiding behind each little numbered box, but I'm certain each item will be pretty awesome {because it's Smiggle and it's stationary, so how can they not be awesome}.


Of course I let her open up one to see what it was {for the purpose of review} and she was super excited to find an ice block rubber behind box number 1. Like really excited, she makes me sniff it every morning {yep, she's weird}. She's desperately trying to convince me to let her open up more, and while I was tempted to say yes so I could share more with you guys here, I put my mean mummy hat on and have told her she has to wait until December. I'm sure she'll ask me another 457 times to open more before then, but I'm also sure it'll be more exciting for her opening one each day in December than if I cave now.


The other awesome bonus to getting a Smiggle advent calendar is that each one comes with a lucky ticket and the chance to win 1 of 25 $1000 Smiggle shopping sprees. Can you even imagine, $1000 to spend on stationary, yes please! I love that the ticket comes in a little envelope, it's so cute, and yes for those wondering I totally felt like I was in Willy Wonker searching for a golden ticket when I opened it. Unfortunately for us we didn't win one of the shopping sprees, but that's good for you guys because it means there's still lots of lucky tickets out there waiting to be found. 


Even though we haven't opened all the boxes yet I'd definitely recommend the Smiggle advent calendar to anyone who has a little stationary lover. It's a great {and useful} alternative to chocolate calendars and it works out at only $1.59 per day which is cheaper than a surprise egg {which is what she'd want if she didn't have this}. I can't wait for December to come around so I can find out what's in each of the other boxes, I have just as much anticipation as her because this year it's a surprise for me too.

WIN A SMIGGLE ADVENT CALENDAR



If you want to know what's hiding behind all the boxes on the Smiggle advent calendar too, you're in luck! Thanks to the team at Smiggle I also have an advent calendar to give away to one of you guys. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter widget below {so I can contact you if you win}. If you're having any issues entering either send me an email or leave a comment on my Facebook page or Instagram and I'll help you out.

Toni x


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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Competition commences upon publication and ends at 11:59pm October 20th 2017. One winner will receive a Smiggle Christmas advent calendar RRP $39.95. Finding Myself Young will not be held liable should the prize be lost in transit. Competition is open to Australian residents only, excluding ACT. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Winner will have 72hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. 


Disclosure - I was provided a Smiggle advent calendar for the purpose of review. While we haven't opened it all up yet {because that would be cheating}, I'm confident it is awesome and your kids will love it. I did not receive payment for this review.

101 comments:

  1. Oh my god what a great twist on the traditional advent calendar, and way healthier!

    My favourite Christmas tradition would be our annual family trivia comp. We have aunts, uncles, cousins galore. It's now gotten super competitive that we even got a trophy made up! So many laughs, but so much fun.

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    1. That's so cool that you made up your own trophy! The trivia comp sounds awesome.

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  2. Christmas always sneaks up on us and we always plan all these amazing activties but I blink and Christmas is over before we even start.
    We do have 2 traditions the kids love and first is Advent Calanders we try find different ones and tradition nr 2 is driving around and looking at all the beautiful and creative christmas lights.

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    1. We started looking at Christmas lights last year, I think we'll try and do it every year now too.

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  3. My favorite christmas tradition is making marzipan sweets , Kris kringle and shopping for gifts for fam and friends. I love advent calenders because they make anticipation to Christmas a whole lot if fun and yes the chocolate too

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    1. I love the shopping for presents too! I can never justify spending money on myself, but I LOVE buying gifts for other people.

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  4. I love drinking egg nog, playing Christmas carols and putting up the Christmas tree!

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  5. My girl would love this one, Christmas is the best part of the year for me once 1st of December comes the carols start while the tree goes up.

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    1. I used to hate Christmas carols when I was working in retail because they'd play them from September, but now I love them.

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  6. As a kid, we always had a homemade advent calendar. My cousin made it for me when I was born. I loved it. My kids have had the tradition of advent calendars too. We do toys as well as my oldest is allergic to dairy.

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    1. That's so cool that it's lasted since you were born.

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  7. This is gorgeous! I have fond memories of advent calendars too as a kid, but the chocolately goodness isn't something I've recreated with my 18 month old yet. My favourite Christmas tradition has got to be the Santa photo. My brother and I had a photo every year growing up, including the awkward teenage years! We still do it for our Mum & she loves looking at all the photos and how we've changed. Last year my daughter got in on the photo which was extra special. So definitely looking forward to our Santa photo again this year with my brother & my little girl ��

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    1. We had santa photos as a kid, I tried to do it with bub but every year since her first Christmas she's either freaked out or just refused to go anywhere near him :( Maybe this year now she associates Santa with presents it might be different.

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  8. This looks so good! The advent calendar is one of our Christmas traditions - as kids we would always try and guess what was behind the door as a family and I do the same with our boys now. We didn't have chocolate calendars as kids and I don't get them now either and it's quite hard to find non chocolate alternatives so this would be wonderful!

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    1. Ps not sure why my name is not there but it's Bryony S. Thanks!

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    2. My fave tradition is when Santa drives past in a firetruck on Xmas eve and throws lollys to the kids! You should see us run as soon as we hear the siren (one time they were in the bath, but we still made it!!)

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    3. It's so hard to find chocolate alternative ones Bryony, that's why I'm so glad the Smiggle one exists.

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    4. OMG Nat that's SO COOL that Santa drives past on a firetruck!!

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  9. We used to make our own Christmas decorations like paper chains to stream across the walls and the trees, tree decorations and making paper plate angels

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    1. Oh yes now you've mentioned it I remember doing this too!

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  10. I love Christmas Eve when we take the kids out to see all the Christmas lights and watch a Christmas movie after if they don't pass out on the way home haha

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    1. I want to start a Christmas Eve tradition here too. We did Christmas lights last year, but it wasn't on Christmas Eve. I think it'd be nice to do the same thing each year.

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  11. My favourite thing about Christmas is the anticipation.Going to the Christmas shows/carols, fireworks, locating and finding streets lit up with house lights and watching people hustle and bustling about the shops. It's crazy fun!

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    1. I love driving around looking for random Christmas lights, it's so much fun when you find some.

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  12. mine is my family getting together no matter what

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    1. It's really the only time my family definitely gets together too.

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  13. We have so many Christmas Traditions that I love. Mine are:
    - wrapping 24 Christmas books and reading one each night to my children
    - Mum making us Christmas pjs (even though sewing wasn't her thing. I've tried to carry on the Tradition but I can't even thread the machine properly so resort to buying the pjs),
    -waking up at 6am. One year my cousin's, brother and I changed all the clocks forward so we could get up earlier (so cheeky!). After unwrapping gifts my Dad looked at his watch and was very confused
    -My Grandpa puts on a Santa hat each year and calls out all the family presents (each year is a blessing he is still with us)
    -a massive Christmas lunch with our family. Mum decorates beautifully each year. We have gone from 9 of us when I was younger to 24 of us now :) We read jokes, wear the paper hats, play games and enjoy each other's company.

    I guess my favourite tradition is the union of my family for the celebration.

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    1. I really want to do the Christmas books, but I can never find 24 different Christmas books. This year I'm thinking of doing a December box though including the pjs, a book, a movie etc. We do a big Christmas lunch too.

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  14. We love leaving a piece of Christmas cake and a beer out for Santa.....just like I used to growing up!

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  15. My favourite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree and house with decorations,we do it as a family.everyone helping,laughing and just being together.

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  16. The lead up to Christmas using Advent Calenders. We all have a different Calender. It brings out the excitement and we share the memories and fun of the wonderful Tradition of Christmas.

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    1. We all had different ones too. I think I should buy myself one too haha, why should I miss out now I'm an adult.

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  17. To put the tree up in October!!! I know.. its a bit mad.. but we are all a little Christmas crazy in this house. lol. I tried decorating a house plant, but besides nearly setting it on fire, it didn't quite have the same effect. hee hee

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    1. I'm luckyduckychoochoo@yahoo.com (I pressed enter before putting my name) xx oops

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    2. October, wow! At least you won't mind that this comp is in October then haha. If I had the room I'd probably start decorating in November.

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  18. We had one of those giant book versions of the Night Before Christmas that we would read on Christmas Eve when I was a child, so I carry on that tradition with my own kids now :). It’s always lovely snuggling up to read it just before bed.

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    1. SO COOL!! I want a giant Night Before Christmas book.

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  19. It's a long story but every year since 2002, myself and 3 friends meet at the same service station Subway at midnight on Christmas morning (at the end of Christmas eve) to enjoy an oddly timed meal and start the Christmas cheer at the first possible moment. The rules? You must consume a foot long subway and have a beverage as well. One year I was the only one who could make it (one member was deployed in Afghanistan, another one was in Melbourne as his child was sick and in hospital) so I ate there alone with cardboard cutouts of the others. The Subway Christmas tradition could not be broken!

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    1. That's so awesome that you did it with the cardboard cutouts when the others couldn't go!

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  20. Christmas movies with the family on Christmas Eve!

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    1. I love Christmas movies so much, even moreso now I have kids to watch them with.

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  21. Our Christmas tradition would have to be going to the inlaws (or our place if it is our turn) on Christmas night. We exchange gifts and my hubby's parents always have a raffle Christmas present lucky dip and fun little competitions like guess how many lollies are in the jar ect. Kids always have a ball and you never know what kind of quirky gift you may get in the raffle.

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  22. Shrek and other Christmas movies on Christmas eve is our Christmas tradition!

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    1. I love Shrek for the fact it's as much about subliminal jokes for adults as it is for the kids haha.

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  23. Making Gingerbread houses and then decorating them with oodles of lollies, leaving them to look at longingly for a few weeks until Christmas and then on Christmas day we can smash it all up and eat it!! Yum and the kids love it!

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    1. This is one thing I've never done because I suck at baking sweet things, I'm sure it would end up being a huge pinterest fail! One day maybe I'll be game enough to try.

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  24. My favourite tradition is setting up the Christmas tree on the first Saturday of Dec, listening to Christmas carols!

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  25. Christmas stockings-hanging them up, filling them up, watching them being discovered and enjoyed, maybe getting one myself sometimes

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    1. I love seeing the kids faces when they find everything inside.

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    1. I remember the years I had to go to 3 different Christmas celebrations in the one day, we would literally not be able to move at the end of the night because we'd eaten so much food.

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  27. Oh definitely my favourite tradition is the ritual of putting our little ones to bed, carrots for reindeer, cookies and milk for Santa, stockings hung and BIG SLEEP!

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    1. So cute! Mine tries to stay awake all night haha.

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  28. my favorite tradition is present giving. To me that is what Christmas is About.

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  29. I love the mistletoe tradition and giving my wife a big smacker.

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  30. I LOVE PRESENT GIVING PARTICULARLY FOR THE LITTLE ONES WHO'S EYES LIGHT UP WHEN THEY SEE ALL THE GIFTS UNDER THE TREE CHRISTMAS MORNING.

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    1. I love seeing them get so excited when they open presents too.

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  31. Beautiful prize, Toni! My kids would love this, they're stationery fiends like their teacher mother! My fave Christmas tradition is a newish one we've established as a young family- we go for a swim at the beach first thing.

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    1. Oh going for a swim sounds like a great way to start the day.

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    1. I always start out so eager with elf on a shelf then forget to move the bloody thing.

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  33. My favourite tradition is gift swap where everyone buys a $10 gift and you can choose to keep it or exchange it for someone elses

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  34. Straight after the Christmas pageant
    the tree comes out to decorate.
    I now do this with my children and they get very excited.
    Love christmas :D

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    1. I love decorating the tree with the kids too but my ocd doesn't cope with it very well.

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  35. We have a few traditions in our family that are must dos ☺
    Now the kids are older we put up the tree together then they decorate it (they have total control over how its decorated) ☺
    Advent calendars are handed out on the 1st of December and its always interesting to see who eats the chockies one a day or all at once��
    The other must do is everyone pile into the van-kids and grandkids, and drive around the local neighbourhood(s) enjoying all the BEAUTIFUL Christmas lights and decorations on display! ❤
    My mother in law used to buy me a tin of the yummy danish butter cookies for everyone to enjoy on Christmas day. That was one of my favourite traditions we had for a long time but miss very much.💖💖

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    1. They get away with eating the chocolates all at once? Lucky kids! We started a christmas lights tradition last year and it's my favourite thing to do. I love how excited she got looking at all the lights.

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  36. My favourite Christmas tradition is to gather at my parents house where everyone comes together on that one special day we get to see all our families and catch up. Its the only day of the year that everyone is not too busy to cathcup

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    1. Same here. I wish we had more family catch ups, but at least we can count on christmas to bring everyone together.

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  37. I love taking a Christmas photo of my kids together each year to use on our Christmas cards to friends and family. We have fun with it - one year my son was eating Santa's cookies and milk while his big sisters looked on in mock horror! We're getting a lovely collection of photos, so last Christmas I printed them all out and put them on display. It's really special seeing the twins growing up together, and then the addition of their little brother. :-)

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  38. Spending the day putting up the Christmas tree and all the decorations and lights with my children while listening to Christmas carols and smelling the gingerbread baking!

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  39. My nephews come over and they do our Christ being born felt advent calendar. They love putting each piece up on the board.

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  40. My favourite tradition is on Christmas eve me and my family go looking at Christmas lights and when we get home we all watch the carols!

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  41. Our favourite Christmas tradition is definitely decorating, which for us, since my wife has US heritage, begins straight after Thanksgiving in late November! The entire house gets 'Christmas-fied' - we even wrap the photos and art hanging on the walls to make them look like presents! Fairy lights of course go everywhere too, including outdoors.

    In the last few years, the kids have been making their own Christmas ornaments. Our son's creations have been so unique and clever that he's had 'orders' placed from neighbours and friends for this Christmas!! The kids are already crossing off the calendar dates until 'D-day'... the 'D' standing for 'Decoration'! The advent calendar takes over after that!

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  43. Making Christmas breakfast together as a family before opening our presents under the Christmas tree!
    We always make Nutella stuffed pancakes topped with enough icing sugar to keep the girls giggling all day (and week) with glee!
    It’s plenty of fun cooking with the kids because we all make a big mess!
    And it’s definitely not Christmas to us without a little family food fight I guess!
    After stuffing our tummies with our Christmas breakfast treats,
    We sit with around the tree whilst the air fills with shredded wrapping sheets!
    Smiggle is my daughter's favourite stationary store,
    because it has many unique, fun, colourful items that keep her from being bored!
    Writing with rainbow pens and erasing with cartoon rubbers keeps her motivated to learn,
    And receiving a small Smiggle gift everyday of December is something she’d yearn!

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  44. My mum passed 2 days before Christmas when my eldest daughter was one. A close friend of mine hand made me an angel and wrote a little poem about family and gave it to me the day after. Our tradition now is to put the angel on the tree last and my girls take turns reading the poem. A little reminder that mum is still there watching over us :)

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  45. Get up super early and open presents whilst listening to Christmas carols

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  46. Watching the carols with my children on Christmas Eve whilst building gingerbread houses! Seeing the excitement of my two girls reminds me on when I was young following a similar tradition with my parents and siblings.

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  47. The Christmas piñata is our tradition, last year was Red from angry birds, we create, fill it with lollies, then Christmas day smash it open.

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    Santa in a ute delivers lollies for the children. Followed by a family treat of Christmas lights in the local neighbourhood. But my favourite is the first gift of Christmas my girls recieve. A Christmas book and a new pair of PJ's.

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  49. Secret Santa Kris Kringle!
    My colleagues and I will draw lots and have a person to bless with gifts or acts or service leading up to Christmas! FUN!

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  50. Oh, I have so many! Putting the Christmas Tree up on December 1st and having a yummy glazed, baked ham for dinner that night. Making plum pudding (Nanna's recipe) and everyone having a turn to stir/mix it while making a wish, and making the most delicious real custard (also Nanna's recipe!) to accompany it on Christmas Day.

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  51. I loved Christmas pudding when I was growing up, Mum would and still does, put coins in the pudding and we'd have a treasure hunt!

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  52. After lunch and presents on Christmas Day at our family get-together we beat the heat with a huge water fight where it's on for young and old (well not the real old - Nana sits it out!) We break out the water guns and its all out war till everyone is totally soaked. The kids (big and small) have an absolute ball. Tony Avery

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  53. I grew up watching the Christmas Pageant in SA. Our dads packed a van with ladders and a painters plank and set us up high to see over everyone. We rode to the pageant in the back of the van all sitting on the floor??? Not these days!! I record it each year and we watch it after the tree goes up on the 1st of December. I wish they could see it in person one year. Advent is so much fun. It takes me weeks to find all the gifts and build a treasure hunt each day. This would be so much easier.

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  54. I love the excitement of the whole family getting involved putting up the tree and decorations on the 1st of December.
    I love the countdown to Christmas Day, I love the "feel" of the month of December, family coming together is always a happy time.
    I love the food preparation on Christmas Eve.
    I love the giving of presents, the happiness I feel seeing the kids opening their presents is second to no other feeling in the world.
    Christmas time always will be my favourite time of year.

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  55. We love visiting, Christmas carols by candlelight my four girls love seeing all the carols and falling asleep on way home. so exciting.

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  56. Christmas kisses - whoever is handing out the gift receives a hug or kiss and we rotate handing out the gifts so everyone receives hugs and kisses and it expresses gratitude for what we are receiving too!

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  57. Our fav Christmas tradition so far with my little family is making Santa cookies and unwrapping our advent calendar books. My favourite Christmas tradition from my childhood would be going to look at Christmas lights!

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  58. Mum and I have a photo with Santa, I buy her a feather decoration in memory of my dad! Hoping to start yearly advent calendar

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