Alice in Wonderland themed Christmas & DIY Yankee Candle Advent Calendar
We’re less than a week away from Christmas now and our house is looking very festive! Each year we base the tree on a different theme; once a Tea-Tree, once Sugar & Spice, once Haberdashery, and other things along the same lines. Inspired by our little white rabbit friend, this year we have decided to have an Alice in Wonderland themed tree.
It’s based more on Tim Burton’s Wonderland with lots of huge crazy flowers, feathers sticking out of the top instead of a star, leaves and teacups. But then there’s also the traditional stuff like playing cards, pocket watches, mushrooms, chess pieces, small woodland creatures, book pages and teacups. I am very excited to have the rabbit coming to stay for the christmas holidays so he can bounce around the tree. I think I might even try to find him a little waistcoat and pocket watch to wear on christmas morning.
We decorated with Love Actually playing in the background which always marks the beginning of christmas for me and is by far my favourite christmas film.
The decorations are concentrated mostly into the lounge which is the cosiest place where we hang out most of the time – I used to deck the halls in my bedroom too, but to be honest in recent years it has been permanently decorated with so many flowers and fairylights that there’s barely anywhere to add christmas stuff. Although, I am on the hunt for some waterfall/curtain fairylights to hang in the window, and I might go and get my little white christmas tree down from the attic because I think that would look very cute in there.
Now, although I like advent calendars, I’m not really a big chocolate/sweets person (do they do cheese calendars?), so this year my mum and I decided to do something different. I’ve noticed a rise in popularity for non-chocolate calendars in recent years, as lots of companies seem to be bringing out advent boxes filled with mini versions of their products (here are some examples). I’ve had this string of santa gloves for a few years now, but usually just put lindor chocolates inside each day, or mini candy canes for whoever left for uni the earliest each morning.
Recently we came across the Yankee Candle advent calendars and thought it was a nice idea to have a different candle to burn each day. Their pre-packaged calendars have a limited range of scented tealights or votive candles which repeat themselves throughout the month, so we thought we’d make our own unique Yankee Candledar by buying 24 individual scents to put into each of the gloves so we’d get a lovely surprise each day. I picked up a variety of different wax melts because I think they give off the strongest scents and so far I am loving this advent! It has definitely been my favourite calendar in years and I’d highly recommend giving it a go if you’re looking for an alternative to chocolate. The wax melts come in at £1-2 each so ours totalled at around £27, which isn’t too much more than their official ones and you get to try out a much wider range of smells. If any of them really take your fancy, you could even put the candle version on your christmas list! My favourite Yankee Candle scents so far include the following (although Blissful Autumn has retired which makes me very very sad):
What are your favourite scents?
Love Marie x