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Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

As we approach the Advent season, we are waiting for our free paperback copy of children’s Christmas book “Twenty Four Days to Christmas” by Fred Arthur to arrive. In the meantime, we have been looking at the kindle version. Just like how you can have Advent candles as an alternative to an Advent calendar, here is a book with a tale for each day of Advent.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

Here is the book blurb.

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days To Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

This book is truly delightful and beautifully illustrated. It can be read each day throughout Advent or alternatively all in one go. Think of it as an Advent calendar but as a book. It is packed full of 24 Christmas activities for Poppy to participate in, all thought up by her parents to keep her busy so she forgets her impatience at waiting for the big day itself.

It is one of those timeless Christmas books that we shall enjoy year after year, just like The Night Before Christmas.

Twenty Four Days To Christmas by Fred Arthur

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. and is published by Clink Street Publishing. Written by Fred Arthur and illustrated by Paul Winward. I highly recommend this gorgeous children’s Advent book. I’ve read the story in one go and we are looking forward to reading it together on a day by day basis throughout Advent. Son1 has also already enjoyed dipping into it.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. I will shortly also be receiving it in paperback format.  All opinions are my own.

3d Decoupage Advent project plus crafting giveaway

Counting down the days until December, it is time for my latest craft project – a 3d decoupage advent calendar card kit which I received free to review from docrafts. I was very pleased to receive this as making 3d decoupage pictures and cards used to be one of my favourite hobbies before the boys were born. I still have a drawer full of prints waiting for me to find time to do more crafting.

docrafts advent calendar card

The docrafts website has loads of creative inspiration for crafting projects, plus a wide range of products for sale. It also has a busy crafting forum. Do take a look.

This kit contained an A5 size preprinted card, 3 die-cut sheets, a preprinted paper, 2 card extensions and an expandable envelope. There were some very small font instructions on the reverse of the pack, too small for me to read easily, but it seemed fairly obvious what I needed to do.

I pressed out the numbers and images to go behind the windows, plus an embellishment for the front. Mostly very easy to press out but there were a couple that I had to tidy the edge slightly with scissors. Then I used double sticky pads that I already had in my crafting stash to build up the layers, although I would have expected the kit to have contained these. There were additional smaller numberless baubles but I chose not to use these. I also didn’t use the preprinted paper, but this could have gone inside the card as an insert for you to personalise with a greeting message.

docrafts advent calendar card

I then folded the card extensions and glued them on to the card. And finally glued the front onto the card extensions. I’m not convinced I did this stage correctly as although my finished advent calendar looked fabulous, it was far too thick to possibly even fit into an extending envelope.

Afterwards I used a magnifying glass to study the instructions, but they were fairly minimal and didn’t give a detailed explanation of how to fold and stick the card extensions.

docrafts decoupage advent card

In summary, a lovely craft kit, but more detailed larger instructions would be helpful. It didn’t take very long to make. The kit also suggested that you could personalise it with your own photographs. A nice touch but it would take some effort printing them to such a small size to fit the windows.

This kit is available to purchase from docrafts for £3. An excellent price for a nice little craft project.

docrafts boy's activity pack

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a crafting activity goody bag courtesy of docrafts to one lucky winner. I’ve been sent one as a thank you gift and can assure you that it will be a lovely prize. Contents are worth over £18 but this retails at just £9.95 currently.

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I’d love to hear about your craft projects.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.