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Christmas Calendars

It's less than a month till Christmas and the streets and stores are filled with lights and glittering decorations. It's the time of the year you drink hot wine with spices and eat home made cookies. In Switzerland another tradition will be starting soon, the tradition of Christmas calendars.

The calendar I received
Christmas calendars are used during the Christmas season starting from December 1st until December 24th and it's children that enjoy them most (although some grown ups can be just as excited about them). Traditionally, the calendars are much like a picture where you can open a window every day and there is a picture hidden underneath, but nowadays there are also calendars featuring characters from animated movies for example. Some calendars also have little chocolates instead of pictures hidden underneath the windows. Those are the calendars you can buy at a store but the best Christmas calendars are home made!
Growing up, we had a Christmas calendar made from little bags hung on a string and every day we could open one of them and eat the sweets inside (so much fun!) and this year I received a calendar from my godmother she made from little bags of something (I don't know yet what is in there) and a glass bowl with a candle inside.

So, if you would like to sweeten up your holiday season, I suggest you try yourself at making a creative calendar for your family, a friend or yourself! ;-) Here are some suggestions:
A calendar my neighbor made
  1. Buy a bunch of sweets at the candy store or little gifts and wrap them up in little presents. Label each present with a number (1-24) so you'll know which one to open each day. Then put them in a big bowl or basket or hang them on a laundry line. 
  2. Write gift notes or buy vouchers for little things, roll them up and tie them on a string (much like the tail of a kite). Also label them with numbers 1-24.
  3. For a more adult version, buy mini liquor bottles (like the ones you get on a plane), wrap them up and label them and put on a shelf. You may open and drink one each day! ;-)


Happy holiday season!






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