Adventus - the Naughty Santa..

This year I started a new advent tradition. On the 1st of December a door appears on the wall - with a letter in the mailbox. It is from the naughty Santa called Adventus. He is asking the children if it is ok if he can stay with us in December. The children are so exited to get up every morning to see what Adventus has done over night.  I think this tradition is called Elf on the Shelf and has been around for a long time in other countries. But it is still quite new in Norway.

These are some ideas of pranks he can do:

- Put blue food coloring in the milk
- Switch the candles with carrots
- Wrap the kids shoes in Christmas paper
- Paint the kids noses red with lipstick when they sleep
- Prepare breakfast picnic on the floor
- Have a party with the other dolls and teddys
- Make a lego castle
- Make snow angels in the flour and ask the kids if they want to bake
- Decorate the tree with the kids underwear
- Bathe in a casserole and leave bubbles and shampoo in the kitchen
- Put toilet paper everywhere in the kids room
- Invite the kids to a movie night - spill popcorn on the table
- Put oranges in the kids shoes
- Make a toilet paper santa


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Homemade Christmas Crackers



This year I decided to make my own Christmas Crackers. It was really easy. I downloaded a template  (Download the template here.) - and added decorations to it. The snaps you can get on Ebay. I put  names on them as I will also use them as place cards. The benefit of making your own crackers is that you can choose gifts that fits each person. Remember to add a snap, a joke, and some silly hats to make it complete.





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The big clear out!


It is time to do a little tidy up before we get to December. I get the kids to tidy up their toys - and decide what they are getting to big for so we can give something to someone else. I get rid of old clothes and things that don't fit me any more. I promise - the feeling you get afterwards makes it so worth it.

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Best Value Advent Calendar!

When I was in England I think I discovered the best value advent calendar. When I spent 35 £ in Marks and Spencer I got this advent calendar for 35 £ - and it has products worth 250 £ in it. The brands in it are great too. I cannot wait to start opening it.


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Concrete candle sticks



Here are some more projects the kids and I did in concrete. The candlesticks above were made out of Pringles boxes, and the one below was made from a plastic mold we bought in a hobby store. We finished them by applying glue and gold leaf to them.



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Advent Calendar


The advent calendar is finally up. We are having an activity calendar, but I have wrapped something the kids will need for each activity some days. For example when we are writing a list for Santa, they are getting Christmas pens to write with, and when we are baking they are getting cookie cutters. I can't wait to get started! If you are doing an activity calendar, make sure to check the schedule of other things you will have to do during the days, or it will be too hectic. And make sure the activities aren't too demanding each day or you will be exhausted the first day.

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Pictures from our hotel



I just had to post some pictures from our hotel in Scarborough, The Royal Hotel. It had the most beautiful decorations. The hotel was kind of old and had not had much maintenance the last few years though - but we liked it. It reminded us a little bit of Fawlty Towers, but a grander version. The first thing that met me when entering the hotel, was a receptionist with reindeer antlers by the way....and then I knew it was my kind of hotel. 







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Back from a week in England

 

We are back again after visiting friends for 6 wonderful days in Scarborough, England! We have had lots of Christmas inspiration, gingerbread latte, beautiful sights, walks in the park, and of course some Christmas gift shopping.











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Have a Green Christmas


After a long time with white and gold as my color palette for Christmas, I am ready for a color injection. This year my palette is green, gold and wood.

Gold cutlery - House Doctor, 
Plates - Fasan by Villeroy & Boch, 
Car decoration - House Doctor, 
Pillow - HM, 
Tree wooden decorations - Oi Soi Oi, 
Scented Candle - Skandinavisk, 
Christmas stocking - Zoella, 
Forrest candle - Winter Stories by Forest, 
Green baubles - Christmasstyle.co.uk, 
Cake tins - BLoomingville

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How to plan the perfect Christmas party

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Are you going to be throwing a Christmas party this year? With some planning, this years party will be the event of the year! Here are some tips to get you started:

Choose a date

Let's face it. It is the time of year when people are the bizzyest. The earlier you book the party into peoples schedule, the less likely it is to crash with other plans.

How many?

Get a rough idea of how many people you have room for. It is no fun having invited too many people and then finding out you are lacking cutlery, plates, chairs and room at the table.

Make a guest list

There are many good tools for you to use when making a guest list and sending invites, for example Spond. It gives you control over who you want to invite, and who has accepted your invitation.

Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash

Plan your menu

If you are making the food yourself, have a trial before the party, to make sure everything goes smoothly. Remember to ask about food allergies or other dietary requirements.

Getting everyone some Christmas spirit

A great way to set the mood the minute the guest steps through the mood is to serve them a festive drink. It is also important to make the welcome drink look festive too. You can for example serve them with a candy cane or a cinnamon stick to make it extra special.

Make some noise

It is easy to forget to put some music on when you are in the middle of making food and greeting guests, but it is vital. The music instantly sets the mood of the party and makes your guests relax. Make a playlist ahead of time. A party also require different music at different times. If you have a sit down dinner, it is better with some quiet ambient music, but later on you will maybe need some more up beat music.


Adding some sparkle

How about booking some entertainment? There are plenty to choose from such as magicians, cocktail flaring, caricaturists and comedians. Or how about some fireworks? Having a singalong to Christmas songs or having Santa come and deliver gifts is also an option. Do something your guests will remember and don't forget to take pictures. To make your guests feel special you could also put together some goodiebags.

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Online Christmas Shopping 2017


Is probably no big surprise that I am doing most of my Christmas gift shopping online. I thought it would be useful to collect them here.  A lot of them are UK based, but they ship to most countries (I think..?)

Aliexpress: 

Really cheap stuff from China. Great for stocking fillers or advent calendar gifts. Prepare to spend a lot of time waiting for your gift though, so start early.

Asos:

Great for clothes for men and women and also lots of stocking fillers and home decor stuff. Could spend ages on this site.


Boots.co.uk:

Great for gift sets, scented candles, 

John Lewis: 

A bit pricey but oh so wonderful. They have the most exquisite decorations and gifts.


M&S: 

Here you will find lots of decorations, clothes and gift suggestions. I often find that there are lots of party clothes to choose from for girls, but not so many for boys. But M&S has got a good selection for boys too.

Next: 

Great for clothes, Christmas decorations and they have some amazing looking Christmas trees. They also have gift suggestions in different categories. Very useful! Their slippers and pajamas selection is great!


Superdrugs: 

They have advent calendars, make up, home decor items and amazing gift sets, . I especially love the Zoella products.

Snow'ella

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Have you started decorating yet?


Since we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Norway I feel it is okey to start decorating a bit for Christmas in November. I often feel December goes by far to quickly, so to extend the month a bit - I start sneaking in a bit of decoration. My man feels it is too early, but I have noticed that if I just decorate a little bit at a time - he does not notice.

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A John Lewis Christmas

John Lewis is one of my favorite British stores and they have the most amazing Christmas decorations. I am like a kid in a candy store - I want to buy everything!!!! 

Feast your eyes on these images.

Press image by John Lewis

Press image by John Lewis

Press image by John Lewis

Press image by John Lewis

Press image by John Lewis

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Homemade Christmas stockings


I found this beautiful crochet pattern for Christmas stocking on Etsy. It was really quick and easy to make. I especially like the pom poms. I cannot wait to fill it with gifts!

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Halloween 2017

We had so much fun yesterday. This year we projected film  on our house which attracted a lot of candy hungry kids. We also had a lot of scary sound effects and lightening that went off with regular intervals. In the couple of hours it lasted - we had at least 250 kids and ran out of candy 3 times. 







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