Do you do anything special on the 1st Dec (other than opening the first door on the advent calender) ?

(75 Posts)
spookysal Tue 13-Nov-12 11:33:59

I get out the box with Christmas books, puzzles and DVDs.

I also want to put Christmas duvets on the bed (if I can find any).

What do you do?

bangersmashandbeans Tue 13-Nov-12 12:27:58

I'm giving DD (2.8) a christmas hamper this year (although will have to wait till the 3rd as DH is in Dubai till then and he wants to be there when she gets it!)

VoterColonelSebastianDoyle Tue 13-Nov-12 12:31:49

Put my christmas tree up grin

OhTheConfusion Tue 13-Nov-12 12:39:08

We put up the decorations, put the christmas bedding on and light the first of my festive candle stash!

Well, we have a family birthday that day, so focus on that. If we didn't, I doubt we'd do anything particularly christmassy.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 13-Nov-12 12:41:31

Cry as it means I have to get loads of Christmas presents after a week of birthdays

spookysal Tue 13-Nov-12 12:45:43

I've just had a week of birthdays Fanjo, so feel your pain.

Now that they're over with, I can start thinking about Christmas.

Ohtheconfusion - where did you buy your Christmas bedding?

Bangersmashandbeans - What are you putting in your hamper?

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Tue 13-Nov-12 12:52:51

My week starts on the 22nd til the 29th. There are 5 birthdays and a due date in that week. The last is my toddlers birthday then I have to start with his Christmas things

bangersmashandbeans Tue 13-Nov-12 13:01:53

Advent calendar, Christmas pj's, Christmas colouring book, letter from Santa (nspcc), Christmas cup, Christmas card making set, ingredients for reindeer food! Nothing costing much, just a few bits that would usually go in the stocking but is nice to have for the whole of December. Not done it before but saw it suggested on MN and love the idea!

It's the advent weekend, so here (Switzerland) it's a big thing to light up the house, with fairy lights, the branch of 7 lights, etc and to light up the first advent candle on the Sunday of course.

You see some really beautiful hanging advent displays.

I've started a bit early this year, but we would bake some cookies to decorate and hang on the tree then.

Decorate the tree on the Sunday, whilst watching Mr Beans Christmas edition and Blackadders Christmas Carol.

H&M have some really nice Christmas feel duvets on their website.

I don't know if they are doing it in the UK, but IKEA have a special "Chalet" Collection here, which my husband was hoping I wouldn't notice!! grin

DewDr0p Tue 13-Nov-12 14:49:24

We put the advent calendar up, which has a little activity for each day of advent, so we do the first one of those. Last year it was write to Santa. Day 2 was read a Christmas story.

TerrorNotSoFrightened Tue 13-Nov-12 15:38:26

The first of December is the official start of Christmas here.
Avery, Santa's elf, arrives from the North Pole bringing the advent calendar and a letter telling the DC that he is here to watch over them until Christmas Eve.

We write our letters to Santa and I put red duvet covers on the DC beds and make their room a bit Christmassy with fairy lights and various Christmas themed soft toys which are usually kept in the attic.

I have a mini Christmas party for myself after they are in bed, red wine, cheese board, stollen and watch love actually whilst writing out my Christmas cards.

I normally put my tree up and me & dc have fun decorating it smile

ShatnersBassoon Tue 13-Nov-12 15:40:33

Christmas mugs come out.

tassisssss Tue 13-Nov-12 15:58:16

I get down the nativity stuff only from the loft...books, dressing up, several nativity sets including wooden and playmobil one.

(we're christian so I like to over-do the Baby Jesus bit before it all gets Santa crazy!)

MinnieBar Tue 13-Nov-12 16:07:16

I am loving the Christmas duvet concept…

I know Minnie it is filling some sort of gap in my life I never knew I had. i know feel the need to go out and buy 3 Christmas duvets urgently.

Before long my house will resemble the one in National Lampoons Christmas vacation.

If only I could find those Reindeer head egg nog cups. (Don't even drink the stuff)

I now, sorry.

MinnieBar Tue 13-Nov-12 16:18:53

Linky?

fuzzpig Tue 13-Nov-12 16:23:11

I don't - for me it's too early, and my birthday is on the 7th grin

I prefer doing it all in a shorter time (except the present shopping which I like to have done well in advance) to make it more intense.

But I love reading what everyone else does!

Abbicob Tue 13-Nov-12 16:34:39

Where do you get christmas duvets?

It's my twin and I's birthday on first December so my mum used to always put the Christmas tree up for us on that day grin

usualsuspect3 Tue 13-Nov-12 16:38:31

Open the Baileys

Open the Baileys, start thinking about putting a few decorations up (but not too many as I still have my MIL's birthday, my dh's birthday, my nephew's birthday and my dd's birthday to get through before Christmas...

MrsHoarder Tue 13-Nov-12 16:41:50

Open my birthday presents grin. Aside from that DH and I normally have a day off work to wander around the Christmas market and have lunch together. Not sure what to do on a Saturday. 'Twas great as a child, I always got first pick on who started the advent calendar (and set the cycle up so I got the last biggest one)

beachyhead Tue 13-Nov-12 16:43:08

Do the Christmas duvets stay on for 25 days?

OvO Tue 13-Nov-12 16:48:56

This year I'm doing a book advent calendar thingy. So 24 books will be put out in a Christmassy basket on Dec 1st (all individually wrapped) and my DS's will take turns choosing a book each evening and we'll snuggle up and read it together. All the books are winter/Christmas themed.

I started wrapping them last night. All excited. blush

coldethyl Tue 13-Nov-12 16:55:39

Advent calendars waiting on the table at breakfast time. Brief period of swapping calendars if I have accidentally bought someone the same one two years running (easily done with 4 DC). Calendars retrieved from envelopes, first window opened and stuck on the wall while eating special Advent breakfast - this year hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls, as it's a Saturday.

We'll probably put the indoor wreath up too, because it smells of cinnamon, and I'll have to start fretting about what on earth the Advent Fairy is going to bring the following day (she puts a tiny present under your pillow at bedtime on each Sunday in Advent. Last year it was little wooden Christmas decorations, this year I'm a bit stuck. Any thoughts? DC are 11, 9, 8 and 2).

MinnieBar Tue 13-Nov-12 17:13:53

Christmas duvets are totally going to be the new 'new pyjamas on Christmas Eve' of MN 2012 aren't they?!

Some0ne Tue 13-Nov-12 17:46:14

I saw Christmas duvets in Penneys today and was only able to restrain myself because both my kids are still in cots!

I'll probably watch something Christmassy with a mince pie after the kids have gone ot bed.

Oh, and we've an advent calendar this year for the first time so I'll have to explain that to DD.

Our 'elf on the shelf' (lenny) is arriving Nov 30th with the DVD of the elf story so that we can start it on the first. Lenny will bring advent calendars on the 1st. I'm v excited about it this year as DS (2.10) actually understands what's happening.

Loving the duvet idea!

Mousefunk Tue 13-Nov-12 18:19:17

Watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Love it.

The 1st usually coincides with our long weekend at Center Parcs which is When Christmas Officially Begins in our household (our whole extended family group and friends come, it's the only time we are ever all together in one place).

We also give the children their advent calendars and last year I gave them each a Christmas book which we are continuing this year. We don't decorate the house until mid December but we have lots of Christmassy activities throughout the month. We were on a tiny budget last year so no Christmas Eve pyjamas, but will be doing that this year along with some other ideas I have stolen from this thread.

itsstillgood Tue 13-Nov-12 18:27:12

We try and do something 'christmassy'. This year is the church fete so perfect - usually find their is something on locally that fits the bill.
Advent calendars take time as they have a fabric one (with chocs), an activity one (jar pull out an activity) and this year a Moshling one. Plus we always do the colouring one from Activity Village

Mintyy Tue 13-Nov-12 18:30:15

You are all NUTS! Christmas bedding???

1st December this year is the Mumsnet Christmas meetup and I'm going to that but otherwise it will just be a normal day.

Mousefunk Tue 13-Nov-12 18:33:38

Oh btw. binfullofgiblets Amazon lampoons mugs grin I want them but soo pricey, my DH would kill me.

Bullets Tue 13-Nov-12 18:41:36

We're going to stay with friends in London for the weekend from 30 Nov to see the window displays / Christmas lights / winter wonderland etc, I can't wait! This means that advent will start a bit earlier in our house - Thursday 29th!

I'm planning to do a homemade advent calendar using numbered little gift bags on a string across our new fireplace (which we need to get fitted in the next few weeks before it's too late!) with a mixture of activities and chocolate coins / santas.

Elf on the shelf seems a good idea too but really expensive, so I will just be buying a cheap Christmas-themed soft toy to do the same job!!!

FindAprilJones Tue 13-Nov-12 20:17:29

Terrornotsofrightened I love your 1st December!
Usually I do the Xmas eve new pj's (wrapped up) but my OH hates early prep like putting up decorations before the 19th(our parents also superstitious about it).
Over the years tho I've realized how many of the little Xmas bits & bobs like sticker sets get wasted as new pressies take over so I'm determined to get into the spirit from Advent! Fairy lights, round up sparkly craft bits, smelly candles, box of Xmas DVDs down (Muppets Christmas Carol:-) & combine it with spending as little as possible as it's also a frugalista Christmas for uswine Cheers!

We are going to get norovirus aren't we for being organised and sparkly.

FindAprilJones Tue 13-Nov-12 20:22:22

lampoons mugs! Must. Have. Lampoons. Mugs!!!!

So we can drink advocaat snowballs and watch our Xmas tree light up burst into flames

I'm glad I'm not the only loon who wants the "Eggnog" set. I did see them on Amazon last month, but I cannot justify the money. I have so much Christmas stuff. Last year I HAD to buy an authentic Swedish Glogg warmer with matching cups and Glogg mix bowls. hmm

But if I could, I'd have the Advent Calendar house too. it's also for sale.

I am tempted to buy the "Dedicate this house to the Griswald family Christmas" tee shirt for DH though. He'd love it!

Murtette Tue 13-Nov-12 20:53:58

Advent calendars come out (obviously)
We buy and decorate the tree
Start making Xmas presents for the grandparents
I write most of the Xmas cards
Try & go to church as i love the advent carols like O Come O Come Emanuel

OrangeKat Tue 13-Nov-12 21:06:45

We have an entire cd of advent carols Murtette! Th
at comes out, along with the christmas plates and bowls. Festive mugs, christmassy candles, cyclamen for the tables, advent calendars and candles.
An entire raft of festive films, the christmas playlist on the iPod- I fricking luffs it!

WineGless Tue 13-Nov-12 21:06:45

Christmas hamper this year on 1st December which will contain wooden advent calendar, Xmas pjs, items to write letter to Santa, Nativity scene book, hot chocolate ( Christmas pudding flavoured) all the Xmas Dvdswhich I have cunningly hidden for the last month plus a new one.
I am also doing A book advent with 24 books wrapped up finishing with ''twas the night before Xmas'
I can't wait- can you tell!!

Primrose123 Tue 13-Nov-12 21:13:03

Abbicob I think Next do them. I haven't got any though!

Duvet: www.next.co.uk/g482706s1#769704g48, though why are so many children's duvets polyester? Yuk.

Mousefunk Tue 13-Nov-12 22:36:12

I know.. I was thinking £48 so DH and I can drink eggnog from a moose mug on Christmas Eve?! Is it really worth it? Oh but the pictures would be fantastic.. hmm. Can I find a way to hide their true price from DH <plots evil lampoons moose mug hunt>

MinnieBar Tue 13-Nov-12 22:37:21

So tempted. But with three DCs I'm going to pretend I haven't seen it…

If you put 'Christmas duvet' into eBay it comes up with this corker, which not only is a snip at £59.99, but redefines kitschy. And it's 100% cotton WWVD!!

izzywizzyisbizzy Tue 13-Nov-12 22:42:10

The christmas elves shall arrive - bringing sacks with Christmas DVD the advent calendars (*2 1 toy and 1 chocolate). I also have an advent calendar made up of 24 little books. The box of Christmas books will arrive and 25 days of christmas will start.

We will watch Polar Express, I love Christmas duvet idea and am going to get Christmas jamas (already hate complete sets for Christmas eve).

Also a new Christmas teddy (this year 50p each in charity shop).

I love Christmas - ironically new baby is due Christmas day!

BIWI Tue 13-Nov-12 22:48:00

Advent calendar (mine - no-one else is much interested)

Christmas candle holders and candles on the mantlepiece

Christmas tablecloth and tablemats

Gradually introduce various Christmas ornaments. Decorate rest of house and put up Christmas tree the week before Christmas. (including window boxes outside the house blush)

Beanbagz Tue 13-Nov-12 22:49:41

I allow my DD to play Christmas songs on her guitar grin

Mintyy Tue 13-Nov-12 22:50:00

Ooooh, what goes in your Christmas window box Biwi?

MrsCantSayAnything Tue 13-Nov-12 22:54:20

MinnieBar I KNEW that duvet was from China when I saw the title said "Gentle Santa"

Wtf? They always these subtle translation troubles!

"Gentle Girl Thing of Beauty Hairslide" and "Peaceful Man Jumper"

AudrinaAdare Tue 13-Nov-12 22:54:26

I'm now after a Christmas duvet. Santa is going to make DS (5) sleep in his own sodding bed rather than with DH in mine.

This why I am after a naice one - because it probably won't work and while I do sleep with a lovely Gruffalos Child single duvet in DS' bed, I don't like the polyester sad

BIWI Tue 13-Nov-12 22:55:21

I have some long metal 'skewers' with metal snowmen/Father Christmases, and stars, and some wooden ones, with angels and children on them. Also a couple of wooden Christmas trees and reindeers.

[blushes even more as it seems so naff but it's really lovely in a defiant kind of way]

Mintyy Tue 13-Nov-12 22:58:58

And you have plants too? I DEMAND that you upload a picture when they are in situ!

AudrinaAdare Tue 13-Nov-12 23:38:42

Oooh, Mintyy they do the Gentle Santa Chinese duvet in a Winter Wonderland blue too. It is absolute hell - brilliant grin

BIWI that sounds lovely, no need for the defiance! smile

Ooh, Minnie, that duvet is great! Nice find! smile

BIWI, your festive window boxes sound great. Photos please, in due course.

BIWI Wed 14-Nov-12 08:00:41

I usually plant the boxes with white cyclamen.

Shall try and remember to take photos this year!

BIWI Wed 14-Nov-12 08:01:14

Oh, and I usually tie a tartan ribbon around the boxes as well.

BIWI Wed 14-Nov-12 08:01:32

<considers new career as Kirsty Wotsit>

buzzgirly Wed 14-Nov-12 08:07:24

I really want to get a Santa duvet now after reading this thread!

BIWI that sounds lovely!

Our elf will arriving on 1st with christmas colouring books, dvd,crafty bits and advent calendars. I was also going to put in some nice writing paper/pen/envelope so we can write to Santa.

BIWI Wed 14-Nov-12 08:56:13

... and I buy Christmas loo paper from M&S blush and have a Father Christmas loo roll cover for the top of the toilet [dies a bit more at admitting all of this]

Mintyy Wed 14-Nov-12 09:23:13

OMG at the duvet cover!

Well, I went a bit mad last week and got dragged round the Country Living Christmas Fair in Islington by a couple of Christmas-mad friends. Bought a nice garland to go on the mantelpiece and one of them dried orangey wreath thingies for the front door and a few more decorations. Have never done anything Christmassy so early in the year before now!

Unfortunately I didn't see any Santa loo roll covers or I would have been sure to buy one hmm.

AudrinaAdare Wed 14-Nov-12 09:27:09

I have "The Snowman" themed kitchen roll squirreled away for Christmas blush

I get out the advent tree and the Elf.
But DS birthday is the 7th so we don't do any more decorations till about the 15th.

Not duvets but I've got Christmas fleeces (years old, from Lakeland Limited.)
One for the sofa, one for each of DC beds.

And I listen out for the supermarkets and shops playing "FairyTale of New York" and turn into a gibbering wreck when I sing along (it was playing in the labour ward when I was having my PFB) grin

Christmas Handtowels in the downstairs loo - Yes
Cinnamon and Orange L'Occitane soap for me -Yes
The Snowman kitchen roll-Yes
M&S silver star loo roll -Yes

(I know there is The Snowman looroll but I can't wipe my bum on The Snowman shock

BIWI, that sounds lovely. If I was still local to you I'd do a neighbourhood tour or the lights and definitely include your area!

I'd love a Christmas fleece blanket, I am on the lookout. And a Christmas quilt. Hopefully we will have one more child so I am waiting a while, as I will get us all coordinating sets once I know if and what child I may be blessed with!

I've seen Christmas toilet paper, I am tempted! I used to use that M&S starry toilet paper throughout the year, just because I like stars! smile

70s, I am sure The Snowman would be honoured if you wiped your Christmas bum on him! smile

spookysal Wed 14-Nov-12 14:27:46

If anyone finds a christmas fleece could you link please!

MinnieBar Wed 14-Nov-12 16:17:32

I am still fantasising about DH's face if I were to buy one of those duvet covers... it'd be lots of shock with a fair amount of hmm and confused thrown in.

To be honest, I myself would most likely be going 'My eyes! My eyes!' every time I went in the bedroom grin

Oh wow, Binfull, that Disney one is adorable.

spookysal Wed 14-Nov-12 18:43:55

I really like that binful and both dds are mickey mouse crazy atm so would go down a treat. Buying two won't be cheap though!

MinnieBar Wed 14-Nov-12 20:47:48

Oooh, one christmas fleece for the sofa is cheaper than four duvet covers...

WineGless Wed 14-Nov-12 22:29:03

I think a few of you should be going us on FN poncetastic thread!

anja1cam Wed 14-Nov-12 23:00:04

I've seen a variety of nice Christmas fleeces in Dunelm Mill and in Primark. Probably elsewhere too...

For us the 1st means:
Christmas decorations come out (the non-tree ones), and an Advent wreath/candle holder with 4 candles, one to light each Sunday.
Advent calendars obviously
Children's books with Christmas themes come out from the same box in the loft, we have amassed quite a collection now
I also have a couple of new Christmas books - one of them an 'Usborne Makes' for Christmas compendium, I'm looking forward to that :-)
If I can find one, a new Christmas pattern wipe-clean tablecloth for the kitchen table.
A couple of Christmas mugs that don't get used the rest of the time,
and of course:
Christmas TeaTowels!

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