The build up to Christmas is the best part of it for me. I love the preparation and in years gone by used to make my own cards, bake the Christmas cake and throw drinks parties. Now I can just about manage the drinks party and sadly what is my favourite time of year often passes in a whirlwind of stress, to-do lists and not enough time enjoying the season with the most important people to me, enjoying the preparation I love best. This year I have a plan to counteract the usual Christmas chaos.

Courtesy of Skin and Blister

Anna from Skin and Blister has concocted ‘Share advent’, something she will be doing with her family. The idea is to help you savour the season and make Advent an even more special time. Anna has invited other bloggers to take part too and I am IN!

For the last few years I have made an Advent calendar with envelopes and inside each one I have put something to do or enjoy that day. It’s really made Advent an even more special time of year for us.

This year, I wanted to invite you to join in with me.

~ Anna

So, I am posting this early because as you can see, some of the activities require a little preparation. Maybe you need to plan a trip out, gather together ingredients or stockpile craft supplies. Maybe you won’t be doing all of these activities, but even if you pick and choose a few, I don’t think you can fail to make more of the festive season and really relish this special time of year.

You can read more about the idea over on Anna’s brilliant blog –Β Skin and Blister, where I might add, she has some very sweet and genius ideas for DIY advent calendars that require no more than a little time, imagination and a whole lot of love. WhichΒ I love. Because that’s what Christmas is about right?

Do leave a comment if you love this idea, or if you’ll be taking part – give Anna shout @skinblisterblog and use #ShareAdvent if you’re a twitterer. Oh and look out for my Share Advent post coming soon in December πŸ™‚ I’m excited already!


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5 thoughts on “#ShareAdvent

  1. Making time at advent is something I’ve tried to do for the last few years. Not every day, but certainly at the weekends. Over the four weekends before Chistmas I’ll be:
    – visiting a Christmas open studios event with my sister (if your in London google Cockpit Arts – I highly recommend a visit!)
    – decorating the house and making Christmas cards
    – wrapping presents with Christmas music on and an appropriate scented candle burning
    – spending some down time with my husband just relaxing

    I am a Christmas nut though and like to have pretty much all my present buying done before 1st Dec so I can properly enjoy the season πŸ™‚

  2. Love this idea!! I saw it on Anna’s blog but clearly wasn’t paying proper attention as I kind of thought that it was just something for bloggers to do but now I understand. Look forward to posting some #ShareAdvent on twitter πŸ˜€

  3. Me and my husband did something really similar to this last year and it was so great to make the time and to enjoy the run up to Christmas – also one of my favourite times of the year πŸ™‚

    I was inspired by the advent bunting that was featured on these very pages last year and wrote a Christmasy activity on the reverse side. Our daily activities ranged from stuff like making our Christmas cards and watching Home Alone to going ice skating and seeing our local pantomime!

    I am not sure that we will have the time this year but it was so much fun and I would definitely recommend others to get involved πŸ™‚

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