However the boys had different ideas.
It went a bit like this.
Can we have the Lego advent calender?
oh why not?
Because its expensive, we have enough Lego to sink a battle ship and remember last year other people said that on some days you just got one piece of Lego.
It all went quiet at that point.
Don't get me wrong, I like Lego, I am happy that they love their Lego but I am also a scrooge about things like that. I really have an aversion to commercialisation of things like advent. Besides you get lots of gifts at Christmas, why do you need one each day to lead up to it?
but my boys know how to get round me so 50 matchboxes later we now have 2 more advent calenders!
They know that any suggestion of making our own gets me on side and enthusiastically pulling out the glue and christmassy paperThe one was made by my 9 year old and has been filled with lots of random bits of Lego and each day he will add to his model in a challenge to make something..This one was made by the 5 year old who truly believes that the more you add the better it looks. He decided that he wanted chocolate in his. He also decided that he wanted it to be chocolate money but they don't fit in the trays so he then had to make a dispenser from a toothpaste tube. In some drawers there is a little note telling him to take a chocolate from the box. A complicated system but he is a bit like that!