Advent Challenge D14 – Asos Calendar Update

A few weeks ago I did a post on different advent calendars which were available for purchase for 2017, this included the Asos beauty calendar which I then purchased! For todays blog post I thought I’d share what has been in the calendar so far!

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Advent Challenge D9 – DIY Christmas Crackers

Christmas crackers are an essential part of any Christmas meal and there are a wide range on offer including the usual small gifts, sweets even group games! There are also a number of kits you can buy to create your own Christmas crackers, Hobbycraft even sell packs of gifts and toys! But to make something really personal it doesn’t take too much effort, and can most be done with household items!

What you need:

  • Toilet roll cardboard tubes (or kitchen roll tubes for large crackers!)
  • A4 sized paper (A3 for kitchen roll tubes) – wrapping paper is a good one for this as it will be the outside of your cracker, you could also use newspapers, book pages, foil, its really up to how you want your crackers to look!
  • Celotape
  • Scissors
  • Thin card (this is for the ends of the cracker)
  • Gifts for the inside (sweets, toys, small packets of cheese – it’s really up to you!)
  • Joke (a cracker essential, for inspiration check out my Christmas riddle post here!)
  • Paper crown (can be easily made from tissue paper or bought online)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Cracker snaps (can be easily purchased off Amazon)

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Advent Challenge D7 – Cracker Riddles

For today’s Advent challenge post I thought I’d do something a little different! Christmas riddles and jokes are all part of the Christmas cracker experience, so I thought I’d have a look online to see what I could find (great for anyone looking to make their own crackers). Some of these are jokes, others are more like riddles! All the answers are below so see if you can work any out first!

  1. When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
  2. What’s red and white and goes up and down and up and down?
  3. Whats the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
  4. What’s as big as Santa but weighs nothing?
  5. What do you call someone who doesn’t believe in Father Christmas?
  6. When Santa Claus sets off from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, in which direction does he travel?
  7. What do you have in December that you don’t have in any other month?
  8. Why are Christmas trees bad knitters?
  9. What happens if you eat the Christmas decorations?
  10. What did Adam say the day before Christmas?

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Advent Challenge D5 – Christmas Cake Ideas

Baking is always on my mind, even more so with Christmas approaching! For the last couple of years I have been making ‘alternative’ cakes for Christmas day, as I’m not a fan of the traditional fruit cake! However, I always try to do something a little different, peek-a-boo cakes, pop cakes, fancy decorations and this year will be no different. At the moment I’m trying to work out what kind of cake to bake and how to decorate it, for this I’ve been scouring the internet for ideas and have made a Top 5 list (in no particular order). Hopefully this may help others who are looking for Christmas cake inspiration!

Slide4Reindeer Cake – Any form of decorated cakes always works well at Christmas and there are a lot of options to chose from! This one stuck out the most for me due to its simplicity! Chocolate icing piped on, chocolate antlers and simple icing balls for the eyes and nose! It looks so good though and gives you the freedom to use whatever kind of cake mixture – a classic Victoria sponge would work well like this, or coffee, carrot…endless flavor options!

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