It is almost time for us to buy our advent calendars and start the count down to Christmas! This year I wanted to do something a little bit different, something that embraces the spirit of Christmas. Everyday, when we turn around a new circle, we get something different; one day it might be a yummy chocolate ball or the title of a Christmas song, or it may just be something we have to do to bring a little bit of joy to someone else. Some of the ways we are going to bring joy to others include:

  • Donating a toy
  • Donating some clothes
  • Christmas carolling at a neighbour’s house
  • Wishing Happy Christmas to random people
  • Giving Christmas cards to people we would normal forget (like shop keepers, bin men or those that keep our streets clean)
  • Taking a hot meal to a homeless person

To make your own Advent calendar you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Paints and brushes
  • Metallic pens
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Mini craft pegs (I got ours from John Lewis)


  1. Draw 25 circles on the cardboard and cut them out.
  2. Paint them on one side.
  3. On the other side decorate them how ever you please; I used Decoupage paper but you could easily do the same with wrapping paper or pictures cut out from magazines.
  4. Once everything has dried paint or write the numbers on the side you decorated. On the painted side write the task/treat/lyrics etc.
  5. Hang up your ribbon and clip the days to it using the craft pegs. I have the chocolate in a separate place so that it isn’t on display to tempt little (or big) hands.

I wish you all a very happy and joyful advent.

By Nanny Anita


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About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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