Advent calendars

When we were 16 my friend and I needed to learn a new skill for our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. My mum did a lot if cross stitch at the time so it seemed like an easy enough option. One of the things we had to do was design and execute a project together. We made an advent calendar, Joanne did even numbers, I did odd and we swapped the finished calendar for a few years afterwards until it got lost somewhere along the line..

So when I got pregnant I started planning the advent calendar I would make.

The first year I bought him a cardboard calendar, it’s a lovely little school nativity. We have it out again this year and he loves all the little characters in it.

The next year I made a garland and put activities in it every day, something I may do again next year.


Last year I found this panel at the Knitting and Stitching show and bought matching fabric to sew pockets on it. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, my son is both dairy and soya intolerant, which may have fuelled my hunt for the perfect advent calendar as a regular chocolate one isn’t an option.. So when my friend Sarah mentioned that she had bought a Playmobil nativity set I stole the idea!


Edward loves roleplaying the figures, there’s lots of stories about Mary not having any socks, but I love that he’s learning a little bit that Christmas isn’t just about Santa.

The donkey keeps getting mixed in with his other toys, but he’s quickly learning that they all have to be put back at the end of the day.


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