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to give up putting new things in those bloody pockets

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methsdrinker Tue 07-Dec-10 01:49:44

Right, i have a lovely felt hanging advent thing with 24 pockets. I have put
a poem,
a small toy,
a tiny letter from the elves,
a small smiley badge
a shiney button (didn't go down to well)
a shell
a small chocolate
in each pocket so the kids wake up and find it in the morning.

I have now realised I have made a rod to beat myself with. Shall I just give up and fill it with chocolate coins or has anyone got any other healthy suggestions.

I was thinking of dropping it in the fire
I will never do this ever again the stress of having to think of something and then get it in the pocket ARRGGG stupid women that I am.
Any suggestions would be warmly welcomed.
ps I amy be some time as I am going down stairs to fill a pocket

Doyouthinktheysaurus Tue 07-Dec-10 03:49:02

The ds's have stocking advents with pockets. On 31st November we get out the tins of christmas sweets, they put one in each pocket, job donegrin

Your's sound lovely but far too much like hardwork for meblush

<<crap mum emoticon>

Non-crappy mum suggestions:

Mini toy animals
Small crystal

That's it...I give up now!

YulenoYurbubson Tue 07-Dec-10 03:53:49

How old are the children?

onceamai Tue 07-Dec-10 06:07:07

Have you put all of that in each pocket? If so you really have made rod for your own back; if not, how about tiny bunches of grapes and a trip to Poundland!

SuchProspects Tue 07-Dec-10 06:34:43

That sounds absolutely lovely and v.v. hard work!

Some ideas:

A joke
One of those origami fortune teller things
A cartoon
A riddle
The bits to make a bracelet (one piece a day for a week)
The URL to a website with something they'd like
A balloon

cairnterrier Tue 07-Dec-10 07:06:39

Is there a website where you can buy toys to fit inside homemade crackers? I was thinking about those fortune telling fish. Or some dice, a balloon, box of raisins, a tiny book, a tiny pack of pencils. Not sure if any of those would be a choking hazard though depending on your DC's ages.

Berk Tue 07-Dec-10 09:07:14

You can buy that crap in the party section at tesco

BubsMaw Tue 07-Dec-10 09:32:00

How about a chewable toothbrush ?

You could always put it in along with chocolate, then you needn't worry about the DC's teeth?!

Otherwise I don't know. I think I'd just do the mini chocolates, one a day is not so bad.

LutyensInTinsel Tue 07-Dec-10 09:39:59

Ah, you see I have never even thought of attempting this because, lovely though the idea is, it is very hard to achieve in practice! I still shudder at the memory of the Christmas when my aunt tried it with her 5 year old...after day 7, the boy became increasingly sniffy about her increasingly desperate ideas...leading to a "noone appreciates my hard work" meltdown a week before Christmas. Strangely the calender never made an appearance in following years grin

OK, some ideas for you may be
A balloon
A pair of dice
Novelty eraser
A small notebook

A trip to Poundland may be on the cards

thumbplumpuddingwitch Tue 07-Dec-10 09:50:19

Or you could be really evil and put words in each day - either building up to a clue to their present, or something lovely to say about what great children they are - I don't know.
I wouldn't have one for exactly the situation you are now in!

Indith Tue 07-Dec-10 09:50:58

Bloody hell one of mine has a chocolate and the other a couple of hulahoops (doesn't like chocolate) and I slip them in when I get up in the morning else they would raid the other pockets.

MumsieNonna Tue 07-Dec-10 09:53:32

I am very impressed with this company Toyday. Look in the party bag toys section. There are also some lovely non-crap toys and traditional wooden things to buy. You can also get the red fortune telling fish (20p) on this site. Lots of stuff at less than 50p.
Have bought some wooden 'Clanger' whistles and one of those plastic bird whistles that you fill with water and it trills like the dawn chorus for GC.

ApocalypseCheeseToastie Tue 07-Dec-10 10:04:54

How about some of those light up balloons you can get these days ??

You're quite mad btw grin

DarklyDreaming Tue 07-Dec-10 10:09:13

I stash away all the annoying little plastic things they've got in party bags all year, and they make an appearance again in the advent calendar pockets blush

ApocalypseCheeseToastie Tue 07-Dec-10 10:09:58

Football or disney cards/stickers ?

SpikyBinkle Tue 07-Dec-10 10:17:57

I just put a note from the Advent fairy in each day, which is usually an activity to do and sometimes the stuff they will need to make it. For example 'Make paper chains to decorate the room.' with some strips of paper. The activities include things like making cards, decorations, baking, going for a winter walk, watching a Christmas DVD (my personal favourite) etc

loveulotslikejellytots Tue 07-Dec-10 10:53:30

How about putting clues in each pocket, which then get put together for a boxing day or new years day treasure hunt or something?

ShrinkingViolet Tue 07-Dec-10 11:05:58

I have three of these, made by my mum - she does half of the parcels though (except this year Royal Mail haven't managed to deliver her contribution so I spent two hours on 30th November wrapping up bloody Celebrations for the other pockets). Hawkins Bazaar is your friend for this, as well as Wilkos, Poundland and Tescos. We get little notebooks, pencils, rubbers, hair clips, fans, those things which shoot out paper, and mini slinkies. Oh, and little soaps, bath bombs, bubble bath.

It seemed like a nice idea when DD1 got her first dolls house (each bag had one piece of furniture, then Santa brought the house to put it in) but two more children later it's harder work.....

ShrinkingViolet Tue 07-Dec-10 11:07:12

oh, and buy the stuff all year round when you see it, otherwise you have a mad panic at the end of November.

Or don't have one of these in the first place and just buy a chocolate advent calendar each year grin.

methsdrinker Tue 07-Dec-10 20:54:45

Wow thank you so much.
Definitely a lesson in life never ever to
start this again.

Kids are 4 and 7 so I can get away with all sorts of old tat.

I think recycling the party bag stuff that is scattered to the 4 winds may be a good start before a trip to tesco and quality save.
I knew i should have said no when this was begged for.
I was hoping to be a good mother and not put chocolate in every pocket so thanks very much for the ideas.

Alouiseg Tue 07-Dec-10 21:01:17

Paint eyes on a nice smooth pebble, stick on a little square of Fymo. Write a message on the Fymo.

<far too much like hard work>

TinselinaBumSquash Tue 07-Dec-10 21:04:50

I go to the local post office and really annoy the lady behind the counter by asking for 50 seperate bags with 5 penny sweets in each, then i pay my £2.50 and pop the bags strieght in the stockings. At the weekends i add a card in saying 'make mince pies' 'watch chiristmas film' 'go for nature walk' ect.

DastardlyandSmugly Tue 07-Dec-10 21:06:28

I have a mini Christmas tree in the DC's playroom and their calendar is filled with small decorations to add to the tree. I got a lot of them from Paperchase

bilblio Tue 07-Dec-10 21:20:30

I had a advent calendar as a kid that had a poem going through it. A few more words every day. I loved it!
So much so that it got ironed and reused for several years.

Or maybe my Mum was just "thrifty"... like me.
This also may be why I loath chocolate advent calendars.

DD has a tree with lots of drawers. She's getting chocolate coins from the Christmas Fairy every day.
She's also spending most of the day playing with the flipping drawers. Tonight I am missing 1 drawer and the fairy will have to glue another one back together.
Next year the fairy might leave bits of a poem and DD won't spend all day checking for more coins.

HippyChristmaspotamus Tue 07-Dec-10 21:25:57

oh i'm loving the ideas on here! i didn't even get as far as making the calendar for my dc blush
next year, there's always next year....

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