11.18.2012

Non-Traditional Tradition.

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Every year I do a tiny gift advent thing with the kids.  We usually use a little shadow box with doors that I bought a while back at Target.  But, this year, I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit.

Put a non-traditional spin on our tradition.  

Chinese Food Advent.  
Pretty unconventional...
           Fun...
               Suh-weet...
                         And has the real possibility to get us in the mood for some 
major chinese food next month.

It is a super simple craft,
and you can keep them for years if packed up nicely after Christmas.

I bought packs of ten boxes at the craft store.  Some paper filler.  And used lots of Christmas Washi tape, stickers, and embellies I already have collected. 

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Just don't forget to add a tiny treat for each day!
Niamh and Philly are alternating opening one up each day.  

#16 is Philly.  
He is a Snickers kinda guy:).

Do you have any holiday traditions to look forward to??
Any unconventional twists??

33 comments:

  1. I have never see this type of box in my country, but I love what you've done with them. I'm sure your kids will love them!

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  2. What a fun idea. I've been trying to think of a fun advent calendar for my kids.

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  3. What a fabulous idea. They look amazing. Hugs Nina

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  4. These are so cute! Such a lovely idea :- )

    Have a lovely day!
    Xx. Emma @ ever--so.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. oooooooooo this looks fabulous!! Mine too get advent calendar,Lazy mum this year and last year got store bought ones (no candy though as mine go craaaaaaaaaaaazy with sugar) But I also give something bigger in the weekends.. usually a movie to keep parents sane during weekend..

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  6. I have a fabric advent calendarthat iv ehad for at least 10 years and most days alternative small gifts(less than £3)for hubby and daughter. Although as its so hard to find tiny gifts I've progressed to a toy Christmas train that pulls two carts all the gifts that don't fit now go in the carts, and instead they may find a chocolate coin or small sweet with a number attached from the advent calendar and the gifts correspond only I know who each number is for...I love it,and so does my daughter even though she is now 21 !!!...your never too old for Christmas X.. love the Chinese boxes a fab idea...'im very traditional ..not much imagination !.. they are decorated beautifully I hope you and your family have many many happy years of using them x

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  7. What a cool mom. Fun way to change it up.

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  8. Aww, that's a lovely idea! My kiddos managed to talk me into buying them a 'moshi monsters' advent calendar this year. Nothing hand made or gorgeous about it, but it makes them both smile, so it's fair to say I'm a push over there! Zac (who's only 2 1/2) might even be more of a fan of the moshi's than his 7 year old sis, so it's gonna be a fun month anticipating which moshling one or other will get each day in the lead up to Christmas! xxx

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  9. These are such fun, Krista. I misunderstood you when I started reading your post because I thought your boxes were actually going to contain Chinese food! And if you are making them now nobody would want to be eating them in December! Hugs, Lesley

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  10. so cute! wish we could get those sort of boxes easily here! you're a really great mum Krista! xx

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  11. This is such a cute idea! I have little red buckets for advent with 3 treats in each so the kiddies get something each day I loved making them & they love finding the buckets hugs Rebekah xx

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  12. what a great idea! A tradition of ours (starting this year) is that the "Elf on a Shelf" is part of our pre Christmas family. He Arrived yesterday and we are all looking forward to some fun adventures with him!

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  13. Krista
    What a great idea! Simple but fun and a great idea for the kids too! My Mom (and I since I was born there) came from England so we had the traditional Cracker to open with our stocking in the morning - my sis and I!! I now put a cracker at everyone's table setting for Christmas dinner now and last year I did it for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Hugs

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  14. Wow these are just so cute and a great idea! x

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  15. I have a Lego advent calendar to put together with my Grandson when he is old enough. For now, I am actually making the advent calendar out of the Kaisercraft shadow box with drawers. Very cute (seen at Craft Warehouse last year...fell in love with it) Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Wowwwwwwwwwww love this!

    Hugs
    Christine x

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  17. Great idea :)
    I live in the Netherlands and the only Christmas tradition we have in our familiy is visit eachother.
    We celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December with exchanging gifts

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  18. Lovely idea. We used to have advent calendars as children with cross-stitched hanging decorations Mum had made. I had a strange mix of Swedish & English leading up to Christmas & only the Christmas cards remain now & the English Christmas Dinner for Richard.
    Paula (PEP)

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  19. Wow these are amazing. Might have to do something similar but with a twist for Christmas lunch this year! Loving your digi stamps, btw only just discovered them and think they're amazing and inspiring! I went to art school many moons ago and they have insried me to get get painting and drawing again to use on my cards... So many many thanks! Not that this means I won't be buying yours, they're way to lush not to have!!!

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  20. Waw krista this is gorgeous. Love your little gift idea. this Christmas will be really modest for me; well in general I am a modest person by nature, but I am currently out of a job :( ... otherwise we like to sit and have a lovely dinner and chat all night :) hugs! mojca

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  21. Looks great! And you don´t have to watch out that the little gift is not so little in size! Greetings, Gerrina

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  22. We do a PJ exchange on Christmas eve, everybody goes to bed with new PJ's the kids love it, and look forward to it every year =0)...Fabi xxxx

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  23. This is an adorable idea! Love it. I don't know how you find the time to do all you do! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Mindy

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  24. This are amazing Krista! Such a fun idea! I'd say that we do have untraditionnal Christmas all the time because I always mix the traditions of the country of my origin with the country I currently live in!
    Have a lovely day!
    Hugs,
    Silvie xx

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  25. I love this idea Krista - thanks for sharing it. The size of the noodle boxes gives a bit more scope with the gift and packing it with something soft protects it when box is shaken!

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  26. What a great idea!! Can I borrow it? I'm sure my oldest son would love that!!

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  27. Oh WOW Krista i adore this idea but mainly am in awe of your choice of washi tape over there, that english rose one and the music one, we can't get anything like that over here, that rose one is my ultimate, i love anything country cottage looking like Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley, kitsch/chintzy type fabrics and papers, its my idea of shabby chic heaven!!! xxxx huggles my friend, Vick xx
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  28. Just read also that you want to know our traditions, well, as a child i grew up with a German/English Christmas/life so we had gingercake hearts covered in chocolate and iced on top with our names, fresh percolated coffee (i know!!...now you know where my addiction came from, lol)i can still get the gingercake cakes they have white icing on them and we can buy them from a German store we have over here, but only at Christmas, but most of the traditions have gone.....i used to put 24 little handmade boxes on gold string and hang them from the tree for my boys to take turns opening each day of December and then the 25th they would have their own gifts to open.......i really wish i could go back to the German/Engish Christmases i had as a child we had nothing, but we were rich with family and love and it was the best time of my life! Ooh just remembered one tradition i have upheld all my adult life, my (passed) grandmother's German Potato Salad recipe, (so much better and more ingredients than normal potato salad) with frankfurters and salami, it takes 4 hours to make and you have to do it over 2 days, but its so worth it.....we would have it every Christmas Eve for dinner and i brought all my children up the same way and still do that today, my brother cooks the same for his 5 kids every single year...love vick xxx
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