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Wow, how on earth is it 1st December already?! This year has absolutely flown by hasn’t it!!

If you’re anything like our house, today marks the beginning of a level of excitement in the kiddiwinks that the rest of the year simply can’t match.

And why?

The return of the advent calendars of course!

Now, if we were a regular house, and had no worries over allergies, advent calendars would be far simpler than they are. There are so many options on the shelves these days, Thomas the tank, One Direction, Barbie, Spiderman, Cadbury’s, Mars – there’s almost too many to choose from.

Trouble is, they are all totally unsuitable for Callum.

So, what’s an allergy mum to do?!

Well, this is where the special ‘make your own’ advent calendars really come into their own.

And ours are a little bit special.

Tree adventWhen Jon and I first started dating, many moons ago, we decided to get each other an advent calendar with a difference for our first Christmas together. I got him a ‘Father Christmas’ one, and filled it with his favourite Lindt chocolates. And he got me a ‘Christmas Tree’ one, and filled it with my favourite chocolates, also Lindt! For many years we kept the tradition going, until the kiddos came along!

Chloe now has my ‘Christmas Tree’ one, and Callum the ‘Father Christmas’ one.

They’re really special now, and the Christmas countdown just wouldn’t be the same without them!

The beauty of these calendars, is that we can fill them with whatever we want, and this is perfect for Callum.

Dairy-free chocolates here we come!!

They’re both none the wiser, and are so excited when they see them for the first time. This morning was no exception,Santa advent with the little dude exclaiming a ‘whoa look, loads of mine chocolate, amazing!’

Just makes your heart melt doesn’t it!

On top of the calendars, this year, we’re also doing the ‘book advent’.

I really love this idea. 24 books, individually wrapped, 1 a night right up to Christmas Eve, with the 24th book being ‘The Night Before Christmas’.

We always read a book to the children, every single night, no matter how late they get to bed. It’s a lovely chance for some extra cuddles with them before the end of the day!

When they saw the pile of wrapped books all ready to go this morning, they were in awe.

24 nights of special cuddles, reading special books, during the most special time of the year.

What more could a mummy ask for?! Book advent

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