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FaithLoveandGrace Thu 20-Nov-14 11:54:30

I was just wondering what everyone does regarding advent calendars? DSS will have one at his mum's so I'm not sure if it's worth us buying one too since he'll only actually have 3 days with us in December before Christmas due to the way the weekends have fallen. We don't have kids together so it's not an issue at the moment but I'm wondering when we do, if he doesn't have an advent calendar he'll feel left out. What do you all do?

purpleroses Thu 20-Nov-14 12:40:54

Mine have them at their mum's. My own DCs have them at ours, and it doesn't seem to cause any friction. By the time your (unborn) DC is old enough for an advent calendar you may find DSS has outgrown them anyway. Or is easily placated with a couple of quid towards something else.

FaithLoveandGrace Thu 20-Nov-14 13:04:41

Good point purple about him potentially having outgrown them. Think we'll just stick to him having one at his Mum's this year. DP wants to get him one but I think it's really pointless for 3 days!

confused79 Thu 20-Nov-14 13:09:26

Never really thought about my. Our children have theirs at ours and partners children have theirs at their mums. When and if you have children then DS should be old enough to realise he gets one at his mums, and your child(ren) get one at theirs. I know you're trying to be fair, but looking at it from the other side is it fair he gets 2 and your child(ren) gets 1?

My nan used to get us an advent calendar every year, and since we only went round once a week we'd have 7 at a time, lol.

Germgirl Thu 20-Nov-14 13:10:01

We have DSD EOW and I usually get her an advent calendar as her mum doesn't bother. DH 'helps' by eating the chocolates on the days she's not here.
But then, I've bought one for the cat too, so you're probably better off asking some rational people smile

thebluehen Thu 20-Nov-14 13:30:29

We get advent calendars for all the kids. They also get them at mums. I give the kids who live with us first choice.

ilovespaint Thu 20-Nov-14 13:48:13

We have one of those reusable advent calendars with pockets. The Christmas bunny knows how many children there are in the house and brings the correct number of chocolates each night, depending on whether DSS is there or not.

(The Christmas bunny finds it quite hard to remember to fill the advent calendar each night at the best of times, but the children understand that Christmas bunny is busy and sometimes forgets wink )

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alwaystryingtobeafriend Thu 20-Nov-14 18:05:13

You can never out grow an advent calander!!

My dsc have a calander at both grans and their muns. We isually getthem one but this year i bought a reusable one. It has 24 stockings and you fill it with anything you want. I wilk fill it for he whole of advent. But i suppose you could get one and just fill it when dsc are staying at yours.

As for furure kids, well i would explain that since they have 2 homes they will have 2 calanders and they will have to accept it. I dont thibk its fair that your dsc would miss out in future when you have kids. So your kid gets and they don't.

At the end of the day its a tiny chocolate its not gonna do much harm having a calander at mums and yours. Its christmas afterall.

HairStylistToBoris Thu 20-Nov-14 18:35:52

Another vote for re-fillable reusable ones from me too. You can fill the relevant pockets with appropriate stuff. We go for the more the merrier approach to such things!

wheresthelight Thu 20-Nov-14 20:50:25

dsc's both have then here and at their mum's but then dp has one and so does the dog!

BadIdeaBear Thu 20-Nov-14 21:43:37

Yes, we've just got a reusable one. They seem to be everywhere in my city this year! I thought I'd put a rota together for when the DSCs are here and me and DH will use the other holes. It's trying to avoid chocolate overload, where the kids have traditionally ended up with advent calendar chocolates in their sweetie stash by Easter...!

I'm also pregnant - just - so it seems like it might be a handy time to have this reusable one as I can share things out and not have it all about the choc either by getting appropriate pressies for each person for each drawer.

FaithLoveandGrace Thu 20-Nov-14 22:06:08

The reusable ones are a fab idea. Thanks! What kind of things do you put in there?

HairStylistToBoris Fri 21-Nov-14 07:39:48

Celebration chocolates with a back up supply for when DH eats them. Then some stuff like hello kitty rubbers, mini set of crayons. Um...

alwaystryingtobeafriend Fri 21-Nov-14 08:13:08

I bought various christmas chicolates from aldis. Little Candy canes too. Also gotsome small stationery things likes rubbers pencils. Xx

WaitingForMe Fri 21-Nov-14 08:41:52

I do a book advent calendar with baby books for DS when DSSs aren't with us and books they'll all enjoy when they are. When DS is old enough for an advent calendar I plan to get pocket ones and only fill them the days they're with us.

I couldn't not do something even for just three days.

FaithLoveandGrace Fri 21-Nov-14 14:34:43

Some awesome suggestions, thanks all! I'll look into getting a reusable one - that way DP's happy that DSS has something here but we're also not then giving him 7 chocolates (or however many it is) at a time.

Denisedenise Thu 27-Nov-14 22:32:19

Hey folks. I was having the same thoughts this year. I have newly bought DS a reusable xmas tree with pockets which will hang on the door. We will have DSD 2 nights all month until after Xmas so I had no intentions of getting same for DSD. However, I have bought some small cute xmas bags from Amazon and on the weekend she is here, I will write the number on the 2 bags and hang on the Xmas tree with a small treat so that she doesn't feel left out, that weekend I will do same for DS. Something a bit different for them x

bouffanteh Fri 28-Nov-14 09:30:49

I just bought them for mine and the dsc. Didn't cross my mind not to!

robotroy Fri 28-Nov-14 09:39:35

We get one of the lego star wars ones. I take turns to open a door alternating with my boyfriend and then when DSD is here she opens it. It is q bit expensive but its huge fun for everyone and we all get to play with the lego together. Everyone's happy!

I would otherwise use a refillable one as everyone suggests, they're lovely and problem solved.

AddictedtoGreys Sat 29-Nov-14 17:38:14

we get one for my DSD who is here every weekend, she "catches up" by eating the whole week on a weekend smile

FaithLoveandGrace Sun 30-Nov-14 16:14:15

addicted I bet she loves that! I relented in the end and just bought him a cheapy chocolate one he chose when we went shopping yesterday. Think we'll have the same with regards to him catching up at the weekends. I really want to try and sort out a reusable one for next year though.

MsColouring Sun 30-Nov-14 20:37:35

Dss has an advent calendar here as well as his mum's and my dc have an advent calendar at their dad's also. There's got to be some perks to your parents being separated.

Princessjonsie Thu 18-Dec-14 03:52:27

Good grief an advent calendar is like 2.00 pounds in asda . Surely it doesn't matter if he only opens the weekend ones. He can either open the other days when he gets there and catch up in the chocs or you eat the chocs so the other kids are not getting doubles. Sorry but you can't be that hard up that you need to save 2pounds

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