This year, we’ve created a new Advent Calendar inspired by books. I love my Advent Calendar Book Tree and that it’s inspired so many families. But now is the time to do something new. I’m not a big fan of doing things again and again. I do not like to go back to a restaurant I have been before, or re-read a book, or watch a movie I’ve already seen.
It was time for a new Advent Calendar inspired by a book. This year, we’ve based our Advent Calendar on a brand new Christmas book: Christmas Crackers.
We offer a variety of funny children’s books. Jenny is following in the footsteps of my hubby, who’s a joker. She has memorised a lot of jokes and delivers them with a great deal of flair.
Scholastic published a new book in its series of joke books this Christmas. My Christmas Crackers features a total of 24 jokes on Christmas themes, making it perfect for an Advent Calendar. The jokes have been presented in a way that is perfect for children. Each joke has a humorous, bold illustration. Here are some of our favorite pages:
Create your own ‘Christmas Cracker Advent Calendar’ inspired by a book
You will require:
- 24 Cardboard Rolls
- Wrapping paper (we used brown plain)
- Ribbon or tinsel
- I typed 24 joke cards from My Christmas Crackers. Due to copyright restrictions I am unable to offer you the template.
- You can include stickers, chocolates, hair clips, stationery and other small gifts. stickers, stamps, hair clips, stationery, chocolates etc.)
- Cracker Snaps ( optional
- For further decoration (em>optional/em>): Decorative paper or stickers, washi-tape, etc. For further decoration ( optional).
How to Make a Christmas Cracker Advent Calendar
1. Create joke cards by using the jokes from My Christmas Crackers. The jokes were typed on one side and the answers on another. Each card also had the title of a Christmas novel on it as a prompt to read for each day in Advent.
2. Wrap each cardboard roll and secure it with wrapping paper.
4. After you’ve secured the end of the cracker you can add one joke and a small gift to the cardboard roll.
5. The ribbon can be used to secure the other end.
6. Repeat this process until you have 24 crackers.
We had planned to decorate our crackers using pages from Poky’s First Christmas but we decided to leave them unadorned because they were going on display with our Christmas book collection. You can decorate your crackers further with stickers, decorative paper etc.
8. Display your crackers. Hang them on your Christmas tree so that your children can find them every day. Ours was hung from our Christmas books display.
9. Find the cracker that corresponds to each day. It’s fun to open it up with family members, share a joke, and enjoy your special treat. It also means that we read a Christmas book each day from our display.