It all counts.

This year, I have made an Advent basket for Toby with a small Christmas task for everyday of the year, like read a Christmas story, make a gift for the birds, watch a movie with popcorn, drink hot chocolate with marshmallows, make cookies and much more.

I found the idea on Ali Edwards blog and I love the idea of ‘doing’ Christmas things in the lead up, just a little each day so that he is excited and motivated about the season, not just presents. It’s going really well so far and complimenting the usual chocolate Advent calendar nicely. I’m filling in a December daily with small snaps of the tasks and other daily stories as a record too.