Advent Basket

I saw this idea over on Alice’s blog and I absolutely love it! It is similar to the Christmas Eve box idea but by giving your children their hamper on the 1st it means they can enjoy their goodies for the whole of December rather than just for one night on Christmas Eve.
Rosalie is 15 months old so still doesn’t really understand Christmas but I think this is a lovely way to introduce the idea at the start of the month, I can teach her about Christmas by reading her stories and doing christmas activities in the lead up to the big day.
Here’s what’s inside Rosalie’s Advent Basket:
We read to Rosalie every night before bed. I wanted to get a few Christmas books so that she would start to learn what Christmas is all about. She has also discovered a love of stickers so I have bought a few christmas sticker books that I saw whilst out shopping. She is a little too young for stickers really she doesn’t stick them in the right place but she enjoys sticking them all the same!

Christmas Teddy – pound land

Christmas tree light – ebay

Christmas plate – 99p shop
This light up Christmas tree is an Ebay find. I’m rather pleased with this and think it will look lovely in Rosalie’s bed room. I thought I’d put Rosalie’s stocking in her hamper so we can hang it up together when we put the decorations up.

Christmas jumper – Next
Minnie Mouse Christmas pyjama set – Asda
Christmas outfit – Morrison’s
I’ve been looking for some christmas pyjama’s for Rosalie for what seems like ages. A lot of them have characters on which I didn’t really want. I settled on this pair as although they are minnie mouse. Only one pair has minnie mouse on, the other is just Christmas patterned. Rosalie’s christmas jumper is from Next and I bought it in the sale last year. Her Christmas dress and tight set were bought for Rosalie by my mum on a recent Morrison’s trip.

I also snuck in a little bag of white chocolate coins from Morrisons and Rosalie’s advent calendar from Wilkinsons. Rosalie chose this George one out of the many on display. We kept trying to persuade her to choose the Peppa Pig advent calendar but she was adamant she wanted George, so George she has!

I really loved putting this basket together, big thank you to Alice for giving me the idea. I just hope Rosalie loves it too. Nick is away with work all this week so I think I will give it to Rosalie at the weekend when he comes home. It’ll be a little after the first but I’m sure she won’t mind.
Will you be doing a christmas eve or advent basket this year?
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    2nd December 2015 at 1:58 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS IDEA, and your selection!! I totally need to do this next year!! xx

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      Sarah Cantwell
      2nd December 2015 at 2:03 PM

      Aww thank you so much. So glad you like it! You can still do it now, there is still time! And they'll still have the rest of December to enjoy it 🙂 xxx

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      Alice & Amelia New Young Mum
      7th December 2015 at 8:37 AM

      Thought I had already commented on this. Sorry!!! Love your choices Amelia would have probably chosen the George calendar too! Thanks again for including me at the beginning of the post :)! Hope your enjoying your basket so far 🙂 xx

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      Sarah Cantwell
      7th December 2015 at 10:56 AM

      We are loving it! She is so funny with the advent calendar. Rosalie can get the chocolate out now. Xx

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    Laura Powell-Corbett
    7th December 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I need to sort out a Christmas Eve box! This year we are doing book advent which has been a hit so far and has meant I have got to read a different book every night which is wonderful!!!

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      Sarah Cantwell
      7th December 2015 at 10:58 AM

      Aww that's lovely! I did think of doing that but I was unsure where I'd house 24 Christmas books! Xx

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    Joanna Victoria -x
    7th December 2015 at 1:15 PM

    What a lovely idea we are doing a Christmas eve basket this year and its been I fun putting it together.

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      Sarah Cantwell
      7th December 2015 at 1:46 PM

      It's so much fun! I hope your little ones enjoy your Christmas Eve basket xx

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    7th December 2015 at 3:17 PM

    What a great idea. I do a christmas eve basket for my son which includes a dvd to watch, pi's and some treats and books but I think next year I might do this instead. Thanks for sharing.

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    7th December 2015 at 8:05 PM

    This a lovely idea. In our house we have a present for every day of the 12 days of Christmas so it lasts until January.

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      Sarah Cantwell
      7th December 2015 at 10:48 PM

      What a fabulous idea! I'm all up for prolonging Christmas! Do you just keep 12 presents back to give? Xx

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    Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid
    7th December 2015 at 9:16 PM

    I love this idea! I need to put a note in my diary for next year to do something like this. I always see fab ideas like this too late!x

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    Natalie Ray
    8th December 2015 at 12:00 AM

    What a lovely idea. We have a beautiful home made (not by me sadly) advent calendar and a shoe box wrapped in Christmas paper. Every night the elves put something in the box if the girls have been good. It's a nice little family tradition that has developed and it makes advent mornings very special.x

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    Ickle Pickle
    8th December 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Oh this is a lovely idea – we did the Christmas Eve box last year- but a week before CHristmas so we could enjoy everything. Kaz x

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    Emma Lambert
    8th December 2015 at 9:58 PM

    I love everything in Rosalie's advent box! It's nice to be able to open it in the run up to Christmas so you can enjoy it a bit longer 🙂 x

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    Becky Christensen
    9th December 2015 at 9:34 AM

    y mum did this for me when we were little, and we are carrying on the tradition as its so much fun! Plus I always looked forward to new pjs!

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    Jodie Fisher
    9th December 2015 at 9:46 PM

    I do a Christmas Eve box now but only a couple of bits. These are some lovely items and have given me some ideas. Thank you.

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    Lamb & Bear
    9th December 2015 at 10:11 PM

    I love these christmas boxes and hampers everyone is doing, such a cute idea. I haven't done one before. To be honest Lamb is so spoilt ( not by us, he just generally expects anything he asks for!) I want him to know how special the presents are on christmas day. I'll probably do this when he's a little older xx

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    Stephanie Moore
    11th December 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I love this little hamper, it is full of very cute things. I love the xmas jumper!

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    Colette B
    12th December 2015 at 8:07 PM

    What a great idea! I've always thought the Christmas Eve basket was a bit odd when it was so close to Christmas but the idea of having a month to enjoy the exciting goodies is genius.

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    Kads Life
    15th December 2015 at 10:58 AM

    So many great things in this hamper!

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