Like it or not, Christmas is coming and this week we have been getting into the festive spirit! Now that the youngest three are that little bit older, at two, three and four, they are much more aware of Christmas and the build up to it is a really exciting time of year. For Lewis, at twelve, the magic of Christmas has been lost somewhat now that he steadfast refuses to believe in Father Christmas, despite my best efforts to carry on his belief forever!
One of the most exciting things for the children is opening their advent calendar each morning and this year we decided that it might be fun to make our own! With us not being the most crafty of families, we decided to go for something really simple which is how we came up with the idea of our very own miniature Christmas tree calendars.
What you will need:
A miniature Christmas tree. We used these, £4.71 from Amazon,
Battery Operated lights, (we used these, £7.50 from Lights 4 You)
24 Christmas chocolates, (we used these, £1 from Tesco)
Thread for hanging.
After we had carefully cut out the children’s initials on a piece of coloured card, and fastened it to the tree with cotton, we helped the children to wrap around the battery lights before letting them loose on hanging their twenty four chocolate decorations, one for each day of advent. And surprisingly, most of them made it onto the tree, although more than a few ‘fell’ into their mouths!
The children absolutely loved decorating their own trees and they make the most perfect Christmas decorations, although I’m not sure that they have quite grasped the concept of having just one chocolate each day!
With us going away next weekend, for a much awaited trip to Lapland UK, we decided to get the Christmas tree up and ready for our return. Every year we are torn between using traditional white tree lights or a more festive multi-coloured, and for that reason we love these 2 in 1 LED Christmas tree lights from Lights 4 You.
They are the only product on the market that allow you to switch from warm white to multi coloured and in doing so can change the feel of your Christmas décor in an instant. The light sets are inter-connectable, for up to three sets of light, making them the perfect choice for a larger tree. The children were amazed that Daddy could magically change the tree lights with just a wave of his hands, not to mention the discreet flick of a switch.
With the inside of our house lit up beautifully, we decided that the outside should be just as festive. This will be our third Christmas in our home but the first year that we have got round to putting up the lights. Megan was absolutely mesmerised by these Outdoor LED Icicle lights, again from Lights 4 You.
These Icicle lights are connectable allowing up to 10 sets, that’s 60 metres, to be run from one plug socket. They come with an 8 function controller with 228 Ice White LED bulbs giving you a variety of different effects, and the children watched impatiently from the window as Daddy braved the cold for the big switch on!
They look amazing and all of a sudden our home feels very festive, so much so that three of the neighbours knocked on that night to politely ask where we had bought them!
We have been very impressed with our products from Lights 4 You and it comes as no surprise that prior to working in the retail sector, they were one of the leading commercial suppliers to towns and shopping centres across the UK. Their products are of such a high quality that they supply more lights to Costco each year than any other UK based lighting company.
They have kindly offered our readers 10% off any purchase simply by entering FLD10 at the checkout on the Lights 4 You website.
If you would like to get your house looking ready for Christmas, we are offering you the chance to win a whopping £150 worth of Lights 4 You products of your choice.
To enter simply follow the instructions below. Good luck!
The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email on the 4th December 2016. Terms and conditions apply.