Advent

Each December, The Lunchbox Season transforms into a Daily Virtual Advent Calendar!

Check out all of our Posts of Christmas Past…

The Lunchbox Season's Posts of Christmas Past

Advent 2016

The Lunchbox Season’s Advent Love-To-Do List 2016

The Lunchbox Season’s Top 10 Gifts for the Kitchen + a Soundtrack

The Lunchbox Season’s Family Advent Calendar Kick-Off: Make Favourite Photo Ornaments

Family Advent Calendar : Visit the One of a Kind Show and Sale + Our Top 10 Gifts From #ooakx16

Family Advent Calendar : Adopt an Animal from WWF Canada #givingtuesday

Family Advent Calendar : Make Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Family Advent Calendar: Lunch, Shopping, and the Ferris Wheel at the Toronto Christmas Market

Family Advent Calendar : Tree Trimming Party with Homemade Eggnog

Family Advent Calendar : Massey Hall Christmas Concert

Family Advent Calendar : Plan Christmas Dinner and Make “Test Cookies” for Santa : Dorie Greenspan’s Speculoos Buttons from Bon Appétit

Family Advent Calendar : Holiday Book Swap

Family Advent Calendar : Support Forests Ontario #givingtuesday

Family Advent Calendar : Design Santa in a Masterpiece Cards

Family Advent Calendar : Skating or a Winter Walk and Roasted Chestnuts

Family Advent Calendar : Make Deep Dish Pizza and Watch a Festive Movie

Family Advent Calendar: Christmas Canning! Lemon Ginger Marmalade and Whiskey Fig Cranberry Sauce

Family Advent Calendar : King Lear Cold Reading

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas: Make Fudge! Our Recipe for Penuche, Butterscotch Fudge with Pralines

Family Advent Calendar : Give a Bee Hive via Plan Canada Gifts of Hope #givingtuesday

Family Advent Calendar : Write & Illustrate a Beastly Christmas Tale

Family Advent Calendar : Random Act of Christmas Kindness

Family Advent Calendar : Dinner and Rogue One, A Star Wars Story

Family Advent Calendar : Bake ALL of the Christmas Cookies + The Lunchbox Season’s Top 10 Holiday Cookie & Bar Recipes

Family Advent Calendar : Rewrite the Song of the Summer as a Holiday Carol

Family Advent Calendar: Football in the Park After Dark

Family Advent Calendar : Daily Bread Food Bank Donation #givingtuesday

Family Advent Calendar : Double Chocolate Cookies with Andes Mints

Family Advent Calendar : Family Pajama Exchange

Family Advent Calendar : Make Bûche de Noël + 5 Bûche de Noël Recipes

Family Advent Calendar : Christmas Eve Checklist

Merry Christmas

New Year’s Eve Movie Party : Transformation Movies

Advent 2015

Reinventing a Holiday Classic : Chocolate Hazelnut Bûche de Noël

Our Yule Log Recipe Featured on Huffington Post Canada Living!

Advent 2015 Love To Do List

Our Top Picks from the One of a Kind Show and Sale, or, The 12 Crushes of #OOAKX15

Family Advent Calendar 2015 : Family Tree Trimming Party

Family Advent Calendar : Make Italian Lemon Knots

Family Advent Calendar : Family Book Exchange

Rewrite the Song of the Summer as a Holiday Carol

Create an Elaborate Christmas Colouring Page

Donate to the WWF

Design Your Own Playing Cards

Make Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Make Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce and Carrot Cake Jam

Provide a Newborn Checkup via Plan Canada Gifts of Hope

Make Lichtenstein Inspired Holiday Cards

Picnic Beneath the Christmas Tree

Make Saffron Lussekatter : Santa Lucia Buns

Illustrate or Cartoon “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” “Good King Wenceslas”

Holiday Cookie Bake Off

Design Holiday Gift Tags

Teacher Gifts : Make Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies

Random Act of Kindness Day 

Visit the Toronto Christmas Market

Dinner and Star Wars

Posterize the Twelve Days of Christmas

Red and Green Supper : Make Bowtie Pasta

Give to the Daily Bread Food Bank

Pizza, Popcorn, Pajamas, and an Ernst Lubitsch Triple Feature

Illuminate or Video Shelley’s Ozymandias and Make a Chocolate Hazelnut Bûche de Noël

Christmas Eve Checklist

Merry Christmas!

A New Year’s Thin Man Movie Marathon

Advent 2014

The Lunchbox Season’s Sweet Shop: Our Best Holiday Recipes

Kick-Off Party: Stir-Up Saturday: Make a Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake

Sketch-It Sunday: Re-Illustrate Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Make-Ahead Monday: DIY Vanilla Extract and Simple Syrup

Tonic Tuesday: Adopt an Animal From the World Wildlife Fund

Write-It Wednesday: Compose and Perform an Original Christmas Carol

Throw-Back Thursday: Draw Fresh Blueprints of Santa’s Workshop and Make Our Famous Santa Baby Cookies

Festive Friday: Tree Trimming Party: Roast Chestnuts, Sing Carols, Make Favourite Photo Ornaments…

Stir-Up Saturday: Make Soft Gingerbread Crackle Cookies with Candied Ginger Bits

Sketch-It Sunday: Create Your Own Illustrations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Make-Ahead Monday: DIY Massage Oil Bars, Bath Bombs, and Bath Salts

Tonic Tuesday: Give a Family an Endless Harvest via Plan Canada

Write-It Wednesday:Use a Line from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas as the Inspiration for your own Poem or Story

Throw-Back Thursday: Make Picasso Santa Holiday Cards and Bake Turkish Pizza Pides

Festive Friday: Take Out Chinese and a Triple Feature: The Maltese Falcon, Murder My Sweet, and The Lady in the Lake

Stir-Up Saturday: Cherry and Pistachio Studded Short Bread Cookies

Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts I-III

Make-Ahead Monday: Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwaveable Mitten Warmers

Tonic Tuesday: Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank

Write-It Wednesday: Holiday Haiku Challenge

Throw-Back Thursday: Play Holiday Floor Scramble and Christmas Clue, Revive the Holiday Shadow-Puppet Theatre, and Make Butterbeer Blondies

Festive Friday: Fish and Chips and a Quadruple Feature: Pimpernel Smith, Q Planes, The 49th Parallel, The Spy In Black

Stir-Up Saturday: Reverse Chip Brookie Cookies

Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III-V

Last-Minute Monday: Make Holiday Bark for Giving: Host a Bark-Making Party for the Kids

Tonic Tuesday: Give Forests Ontario

Christmas Eve Checklist and a Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Holiday Brunch : The Lunchbox Season’s Panettone French Toast

The Lunchbox Season’s Family New Year’s Eve : The Hitchcock Edition

Advent 2013

Family Advent Calendar 2013, Advent Eve: Tree Trimming Party: Make Easy Gingerbread Garlands and Favourite Photo Ornaments

Family Advent Calendar, Day 1: Read & Illustrate As You Like It, Act I [Withe Some Alternate Options for the Little ones]

Family Advent Calendar, Day 2: Give a Bear Hug! Contribute to the World Wildlife Fund

Family Advent Calendar, Day 3: Make & Eat Honeycomb and Turkish Delight

Family Advent Calendar, Day 4: Write a Holiday Story Inspired by a Work of Art

Family Advent Calendar, Day 5: Make Christmas Cards! Draw Portraits of Santa in the Style of Modigliani, Kahlo, Klee & Etrog

Family Advent Calendar, Day 6: The Advent Film Festival begins with Pilsner Pretzels and a William Powell Double Bill:  My Man Godfrey & After the Thin Man

Family Advent Calendar, Day 7: Lego Christmas Party! Lego Christmas Building Challenges and Lego Christmas Cookies

Family Advent Calendar, Day 8: Read & Illustrate As You Like It, Act II

Family Advent Calendar, Day 9: Give Fruit Trees! Contribute to Plan Canada!

Family Advent Calendar, Day 10: Make and Eat Chewy Christmas Nougat [with Pistachios and Dried Cherries]

Family Advent Calendar, Day 11: A Percy Jackson Christmas? Improvise Christmas Scenes with some of your Favourite Fictional Character

Family Advent Calendar, Day 12: Make a Shadow Puppet Theatre and Christmas Shadow Puppets

Family Advent Calendar, Day 13: Watch Topper & His Girl Friday and Make Thin Crust Pizzas

Family Advent Calendar, Day 14: Make and Play Holiday Floor Scramble

Family Advent Calendar, Day 15: Read and Illustrate As You Like It, Act III

Family Advent Calendar, Day 16: Fill a Pantry! Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank

Family Advent Calendar, Day 17: Make and Eat Soft Salted Caramels

Bonus Post: Our Pink Lemonade Jelly & Gochujang Pickles All Dressed Up For Giving

Family Advent Calendar, Day 18: It’s a Carol Off! Rewrite an Existing Christmas Carol or “Christmassify” a Popular Song

Family Advent Calendar, Day 19: Harry Potter Special! Design Your Own Patronus

Family Advent Calendar, Day 20: Watch The More the Merrier & The Talk of the Town and Make Punch & Judy Cookies

Family Advent Calendar, Day 21: Christmas Cookie Party! Make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Crinkle [Kringle] Cookies, Pfeffernüsse, and Other Old Favourites

Family Advent Calendar, Day 22: Read and Illustrate As You Like it, Acts IV & V

Family Advent Calendar, Day 23: Encourage Deep Breathing, Contribute to Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Family Advent Calendar, Day 24: Christmas Eve Checklikst and a Recipe for Lemon Bûche de Noël

Family Advent Calendar, Merry Christmas!

It’s a Lego Doctor Who Year’s Eve: Multi-Serial Marathon and Lego Building Challenges

Advent 2012


Advent Shadowbox 2012: An Introduction

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 1,  Have  a Tree Trimming Party, Make Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments and Favourite Photo Ornaments

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 2, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Acts I-II

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 3, Support the World Wildlife Fund

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 4, Draw Blue-Prints of the House for Santa

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 5, Write & Perform Harry Potter Themed Christmas Carols & Make Butter Beer Blondies

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 6, Create Your Own Christmas-Themed “Clue”-Style Board Game

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 7, Begin our Friday Holiday Film Fest with an Unusual Double Feature & Make Kringle Corn

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 8, Holiday Canning & Test-Cookie Party, Kid-Friendly Thumbprint Cookies, Carrot Cake Jam & Cranberry Sauce

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 9, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Acts II-III

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 10, Give a Beehive

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 11, Make a Christmas Collage Post-Card, Write a Memory Poem on the Back, & Send it to a Friend

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 12, Improvise a One-Act, Christmas-Themed Hunger Games Play

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 13, Learn “Who” to Knit, Begin a Family/Welcome-Guest Scarf Project

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 14, Watch Holiday (1938) and Make Prof. Potter’s “Hidden Whallop” Punch & Judy Cookies

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 15, Gingerbread Party, Design, Build, Decorate

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 16, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act IV

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 17, Fill a Pantry

How to Make Silhouettes from Digital Photos Using Free Online Photo-Editing Tools & a Printer/Scanner

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 18, Make Silhouette Self-Portrait Cards & Send Them to Family & Friends

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 19, Pre-Christmas-Concert Pizza Party with Quick & Easy Individual Thin Crust Pizzas

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 20, Make a Deck of Constellation Cards

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 21, Order Fish & Chips and Watch The Bishop’s Wife

Cannoli Buche de Noel

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 22, P.M. Pajama Party – Make Cookies for Santa

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 23: Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act V

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Christmas Eve Checklist

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Merry Christmas

Perform & Record The Winter’s Tale (with bears and stuffies)

Lord Peter Wimsey’s Case Crackin’ New Years Eve Party

Advent 2011

Advent Calendar 2011: A Shadowbox Spectacular

Advent Shadowbox: Day 1, Baking Cookies

Advent Shadowbox: Day 2, Daily Bread Food Bank

Advent Shadowbox: Day 3, Letter to a Friend

Advent Shadowbox: Day 4, A Birdseed Wreath

Advent Shadowbox: Day 5, Gratitude Ornaments

Advent Shadowbox: Day 6, Pancakes, Syrup, and a Classic Film

Advent Shadowbox: Day 7, Tree Trimming Party

Handmade Holidays: Favourite Photo Ornaments

Advent Shadowbox: Day 8, Gingerbread House

Advent Shadowbox: Day 9, St. Vincent de Paul Baskets

Advent Shadowbox: Day 10, Kids’ Newspapers

Advent Shadowbox: Day 11, Imagining Santa’s Workshop

Advent Shadowbox: Day 12, Afternoon Sundae Bar

Advent Shadowbox: Day 13, Movie, Lego, Mindfulness

Advent Shadowbox: Day 14, Salt Dough Ornaments

Advent Shadowbox: Day 15, “Christmassify” Your Jars, or Glam Cans Lab 2

Advent Shadowbox: Day 16, Have a Tree Planted

Advent Shadowbox: Day 17, Christmas Crack-ups

Advent Shadowbox: Day 18, Make Clove Oranges

Advent Shadowbox: Day 19, Rudolph Festival (Design Your Own “Misfit Toy

Advent Shadowbox: Day 20, Festive After-School Spa

Advent Shadowbox: Day 21, Carol Hootenanny

Advent Shadowbox: Day 22, Trim Another Tree

Advent Shadowbox: Day 23, Library-in-a-Box for Haiti via PlanCanada.ca

Advent Shadowbox: Day 24, Carols to and from the Concert

Handmade Holidays: Great Lakes Handkerchiefs

Advent Shadowbox: Day 25, Elvis Dog and Reindeer Cookies

Handmade Holidays: Bookplates for Children

Advent Shadowbox: Day 26, Santa Baby Cookies

Homebaked Holidays: Bûche de Noël

Advent Shadowbox: Day 27, Allons au cinema

Advent Shadowbox: Christmas Eve Checklist 

Advent Shadowbox: Merry Christmas

Last Minute New Years Eve: Sherlock Holmes Party and DIY Detective Kits