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How to make your own 'reverse advent calendar' this Christmas

By Sarah Finnan

December 2, 2019 at 5:14pm


Similar to your typical advent calendar…just slightly different.

Happy December lads.

The time has come. Michael Bublé has fully defrosted, the decorations are up and the mulled wine is warming on the stove.

So, you may as well throw on the festive jumpers and embrace the silly season madness.

Without a doubt the most wonderful time of the year, but for some, also one of the toughest.

With that in mind, knowing that Christmas is a time of giving and thinking of others, why not do something a little different this year and make your very own reverse advent calendar?

Yeah, sure why not…just one thing, what’s a reverse advent calendar?

It’s basically the opposite of an advent calendar (hence the ‘reverse’ part). Simply grab an empty box or container of some sort and fill it up with stuff.

Stuff like food and clothing that can then be donated to a shelter or food bank, to help those in need.

So, instead of taking things out of little boxes, you’ll be filling one large one up.

Non-perishable food items, sanitary and hygiene products, clothes, toys – all welcome and much appreciated. No matter how small a donation you can swing, everything helps.

Come, Christmas Eve, you can bring your haul to your local charity or other organisations like SVP.

And while the novelty of a traditional advent calendar is certainly not lost on me, this would be a much more useful tradition to start.


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