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

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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!

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Tue 13-Nov-12 12:39:53

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!

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Tue 13-Nov-12 13:02:05

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.

pumpkinsweetie Tue 13-Nov-12 15:39:25

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…

Binfullofgibletsonthe26th Tue 13-Nov-12 16:17:13

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)

Binfullofgibletsonthe26th Tue 13-Nov-12 16:17:40

I now, sorry.

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


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?

ScooseIsOnTheLoose Tue 13-Nov-12 16:35:58

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

BehindLockNumberNine Tue 13-Nov-12 16:40:19

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)

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