Linky Lovin' Friday {5th December 2014}: Ideas for Advent

After missing last week because I was in Perth, it's really great to be back with this week's instalment of Link Lovin' Friday. I haven't had a lot of time for blog reading since getting home, it's been a whirlwind of washing, cleaning, playing and visiting and I'm looking forward to a relatively quiet weekend and the chance to celebrate Dave's birthday with him (it was yesterday but he's on night shift so no celebrating yet!).

I did get a chance to pop in to some lovely blogs thanks to the wonderful Essentially Jess and her awesome Tuesday link-up, IBOT. One of the big themes I noticed was of course Christmas, and with about 20 sleeps to go until the big day that's understandable. More specifically though I read a bunch of really cool posts with some fabulous ideas for Advent.

Gone are the days of scoring a chocolate for the 24 days leading up to Christmas, and in it's place is cool stuff like reading a new book each day, doing crafts, or even having a creepy Elf do weird stuff in your house!

So I thought this week I'd share with you my pick of the ideas that I've seen around the place, and heck, I might even get off my arse next year and organise something cool like this too!

Taking out my top pick for most beautifully creative is this gorgeous Advent activity calendar that Robyn from Mrs D plus 3 has made. Simply stunning, I could only hope to get my craft on like that again one day.

Emily from Have a Laugh on Me, as well as Caitlin from Caitlin's Happy Heart and Amanda from Cooker and a Looker have all wrapped up 24 books to read through in the lead-up to Christmas and I think this is one idea that I could realistically do considering we have about a gazillion of them around the house!

But my favourite of all of the cool Advent calendar ideas I've seen around the place has to be this one from Michelle at My Slow Living Adventure. Instead of the usual chocolates, last year Michelle and her family decided to make their Advent calendar a place for special messages to one another, a gratitude calendar. It's an absolutely brilliant idea and if you haven't already, you should hop on over and read Michelle's post.

Bonus linky lovin' goes to Eva at The Multitasking Mummy who has gathered links to 14 Easy Christmas Recipes from a great bunch of awesome bloggers, and pulled them all together in one very handy reference post. Yes I have pinned it, and you should too!

So that's it from me this week, if you've posted about your Advent ideas on your blog I would love to check them out so please leave me a link in the comments. Any other posts you've got floating around about cool Christmas ideas would be much appreciated too, so link away!

Comments

Kylie Purtell said…
I'm loving all the great Chrissy posts. I am a fan of the book advent calender shared by Caitlin, Em and Amanda.
Kylie Purtell said…
Last year I wrote this at the request of Planet Ark http://pandoraandmax.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/christmas-cheer-without-credit-hangover.html - I'm pleased to say it's getting a resurgence...
Kylie Purtell said…
I wish I had seen those advent ideas earlier. They are amazing. I will definitely be doing the book one next year, I love the gratitude idea and Robyn's calendar is just divine.
Kylie Purtell said…
How was Perth?!
I am still lagging on the Christmas thing here but I have managed to shop for absolutely everything online so pretty well covered now. Got to tackle the tree next! X
Kylie Purtell said…
oooh! off to look at those recipes! :D Thanks for sharing!
Kylie Purtell said…
Kids are LOVING the book idea although we're 2 books behind because went out to see Xmas lights last night. thanks for the mention and welcome home x
Kylie Purtell said…
I'm going to attempt to start and hopefully finish Christmas shopping this weekend. Wish me luck.
Kylie Purtell said…
I'm doing the book one when bubs older.
Kylie Purtell said…
I love that gratitude advent calendar, I am going to be all over that next year! Those 14 recipes are totally ace too, but if you're looking for more Christmas treat-spiration, here's my Top 5!
Kylie Purtell said…
I love the idea of a gratitude countdown. I wrote about ours last year http://mybrownpaperpackages.com/christmas-calendar/ This year we filled the pockets with a few treats here and there and lots of different activities like baking, craft, wrapping and movies all themed around christmas.
Kylie Purtell said…
I just published a post tonight that I wrote earlier in the week about how I'm simplifying Christmas. I love reading about creative ideas for Christmas. Maxabella mentioned about her advent calendar notes in her blog tonight, now that sounds interesting! My blog post link is http://www.jfgibson.com.au/2014/12/5-ways-im-simplifying-christmas-year/
Kylie Purtell said…
EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP SAYING CHRISTMAS! I'm not ready for this shit.
Kylie Purtell said…
You are too kind - thank you honey!! I love Michelle's calendar too, so good for the kids to start thinking about others. Enjoy the birthday celebrating xxx
Kylie Purtell said…
Great roundup, Kylie. And Michelle's idea is just lovely, isn't it?
Kylie Purtell said…
Awesome links as always, and a crappy chocolate calendar is all we have this year. WHoops.
Kylie Purtell said…
Haha, we don't even have that! I am super lame! xx
Kylie Purtell said…
It really is, I love it!
Kylie Purtell said…
No worries, lovely! Birthday celebrations were fun, certainly nice when Dave has a whole weekend off for a change!
Kylie Purtell said…
You sound like my brain last night trying to fall asleep!
Kylie Purtell said…
It still amazes me how create some people are with Xmas - and I am still so freaked out by how quickly its coming around this year - we are so not ready and to be honest I am not into getting ready...not sure when I will get the Xmas spirit?
Love the idea of easy cooking for the day! Great links :)

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