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Family Advent Calendar : Christmas Eve Checklist

Next year, big changes are coming to The Lunchbox Season and Summer of Funner …dare we say, a transformation? With this in mind, we thought we’d bring you our biggest, best, and most ambitions CHRISTMAS EVE CHECKLIST ever! But, here’s the deal, folks. This isn’t your Christmas List! No need to get all of this […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Family Pajama Exchange

If our Advent started off with a family book swap, it can’t end without a Family Pajama Exchange! Today, we’re drawing names. And, everyone is rushing out to the stores last minute or going online to select a set of pajamas for the person whose name they drew!  Ideas?  DAUGHTER Bea loves the Soft Flannel PJ Pants from […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Double Chocolate Cookies with Andes Mints

We’ve got school bake sales and cookie plates a-plenty this week. Time for a new [old] cookie recipe! This is a fresh take on a favourite cookie of ours…. A chocolate cookie exploding with chips and bits of Andes Mint. And, a recipe that’s nut free and easily doubled! What could be better than Double Chocolate Cookies […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Daily Bread Food Bank Donation #givingtuesday

  Once again, this year, we’ll be donating non-perishable items to the Daily Bread Food Bank box at our local grocery store or making a contribution online to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.  The Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. […]

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Family Advent Calendar: Football in the Park After Dark

Whatever the weather, it’s outdoor game night! And what’s on our agenda? A game of Nerf Football in the park after dark. We’re going to grab a new Nerf Football like this bright one from toyrus.ca: We’ll adorn ourselves with an array of neon glow-sticks from the dollarstore. And, we’ll run down to the park and have […]

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

Today is the day when we bake ALL of the Christmas Cookies!  In addition to the world-famous Nestle Tollhouse Cookies recipe on the back of the bag and Better Homes & Gardens’ recipe for Gingerbread Cookie Cut-Outs, we’ve developed an immense list of ORIGINAL Christmas Cookie recipes that we love to bake each year. After six years […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Random Act of Christmas Kindness

Today is our Random Act of Christmas Kindness day. Do something kind, and, if possible, in secret, for someone you don’t know, or, at least, someone you don’t know very well. As with last year, we’re not going to give you any lists of ideas about how to go about making other people happy. You can figure that one […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Write & Illustrate a Beastly Christmas Tale

Today, everyone in the family is going to Write and Illustrate a Beastly Christmas Tale. What does that mean? Well, that’s where interpretation comes in. What’s a “beast”? And what does “beastly” mean? I’m going to leave this up to the kids to decide. I’m asking them to write anything from a brilliant post-card story to a […]

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Family Advent Calendar : King Lear Cold Reading

I’m so excited for this Sunday’s entry in our 2016 Family Advent Calendar! As you may know, Shakespeare has often been a part of our Advent festivities. My favourite Shakespeare-related advent activity so far is when we read and illustrated As You Like It. Today, we’re doing a King Lear Cold Reading.  That’s right, we’re going to […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Design Santa in a Masterpiece Cards

Today, we’re going to design some Christmas cards in which we place Santa in a famous work of art. With the success of our Lichtenstein Inspired Cards, Frieda Kahlo and other Famous Artist Cards, and our Picasso Inspired Cards, we’re sure this will be a hit! Funny thing, after I came up with the idea for […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Holiday Book Swap

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…It’s time for our Holiday Book Swap, a.k.a. our Family Book Exchange! A few days ago, I had everyone pick names from a stocking and choose a book for that person. Last year, we had a theme: Give a Books in which Gifts are Given in Secret. This year’s theme? Simply, […]

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