Growing up, my sisters and I always did our Christmas shopping together. My parents would take us to Oxford Street in London to see the trees and lights and we would do all of our shopping in one day. It was a rare time we were allowed to break off from our parents to go and get my mum’s Christmas present. There was a huge The Body Shop store and they let you make your own gift baskets. You chose whether you got to use a tin or basket, the colours, the shredded tissue paper, everything. We each chose several items to go into our personalized basket, watched it get put together and wrapped way better that we could manage, It always felt so special giving her the huge basket (or hat box so she could keep it) on Christmas morning.
Christmas was always a big deal in our family. On the night before Christmas Eve, the women would stay home and drink wine while they wrapped gifts. The men would get sent out to do something together and get out from under their feet. Plus, as the oldest of the children, I got paid to look after all my cousins and make sure they were not peeking at the wrapping. Sounds terribly sexist to me now, but it worked and everyone enjoyed it.
This year doesn’t feel very festive with all that has gone on in recent months. I am trying to get into the holiday spirit but I am feeling kinda grinchy. So hopefully my various advent calendars including the 24 Days of Beauty from The Body Shop, get me more in the mood. Plus, I have one to giveaway!
The Body Shop Advent Calendars
There are four different advent calendars available from The Body Shop this year. One to suit every budget! Choose from
- 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar from The Body Shop $69 (purple)
- Green – 25 Days of Game Changing Advent-ures Advent Calendar from The Body Shop $99
- Silver & Pink – 25 Days of Game Changing Advent-ures Deluxe Advent Calendar from The Body Shop $139
- Gold and Pink – 25 Days of Game Changing Advent-ures Ultimate Advent Calendar from The Body Shop $169
Plus one you can give for Christmas that counts down to the new year for $69. The more expensive ones are online only but include some amazing products and are each worth over the cost of the advent calendar. See full details with spoilers here.
The Body Shop changed it up this year and the 25 Days Game Changing Advent-ures calendars have a daily challenge. Simple things like turning off your phone for an hour or connecting with a relative. On top of that, the actual advent calendar and the boxes holding the products turn into a game at the end of the 25 days so you can spend some quality time playing with it too. You can share your challenges or even just the daily item on social media with #PlayforPeace and #YuleBePrepared to join people across the world.
Every Advent Calendar and The Body Shop gift set sold this year helps a great charity called International Alert. They help children across the globe have a safe place where they are able to play. There are lots of gift sets to choose from, stocking stuffers, secret santa gifts plus sets for him or her at various price points.
The Body Shop 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar + Chance To Win!
I have the 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. It has a great range of products for the classic advent calendar option including my favourites like hand cream and White Musk lotion which is my mum’s fave scent. Plus bath gloves to help exfoliate because even the thought of cold weather makes my skin dry! I will be opening it and sharing on social media through December, so be sure to follow me to see what is included. I won’t spoil it by telling you everything that is included.
So, do you want to win one? If the Giveaway Tools app doesn’t load below, find it here.
This post is not sponsored, but The Body Shop gave me their 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar to review and are sponsoring the prize for this giveaway.
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One of our holiday traditions is to have a Polish dinner on Christmas Eve.
We open one gift on Christmas Eve….Such great memories of doing this as a child!
I still get a chocolate advent calendar every year. There’s just something so exciting about opening each day’s section.
One of our traditions is to celebrate with extensive family on Boxing Day! I love getting everyone together!
The only tradition I hold is really making a gingerbread house and homemade goodies.
A tradition is to open one gift on Christmas Eve.
One of our traditions was always getting new pj’s for Christmas Eve which I passed on to my children an they have now passed it on to their children.
Well, one tradition we have is we go Christmas lights sight-seeing. We go get some hot chocolates and pick a neighborhood (or two or three) and drive around oogling the lights displays! Oddly enough both my husband and my parents did this with us as children, and we’ve continued the tradition with our kids. And of course we don’t miss out on public displays around the city either. We walk those ones.
The other tradition I can think of is Baileys or Irish Cream on Christmas morning! Every Christmas, it’s not to be missed. I have it in my coffee. LOL a couple years ago I had a touch of the flu on Christmas morning but I still had my coffee with baileys!
One of our traditions is to bake Christmas shortbreads together (my mom and I) – every year while listening to carols
A holiday tradition is going out and getting a real tree. The kids and grandkids get to decorate it.
This is a tradition I’m trying to start with my new husband this year! I never got to do this as a kid and I always wanted to. Also, I’ve sense heard that a real tree is actually way more eco friendly than a faux tree.
We have a big dinner on Christmas Eve and unwrap 1 present each! Love this special time!
We all go out to our favourite Japanese place and have dinner. We drive home along the ocean front and gaze at the lights! We’ve been doing this for over 30yrs now!
Our holiday family tradition is to celebrate St. Nicholas Day and get our stockings Dec. 6th.
We have lots of traditions, but my favorite is opening one gift on Christmas Eve and it’s always Christmas jammies so you can wear them when opening presents the next morning!
Always buy a chocolate advent calendar for our kids as I always got one when I was a child.
We open one gift on Christmas Eve
Our tradition is opening one gift Christmas Eve
Our tradition is opening up one gift on Christmas Eve
I’d love the 25 Days Of Game Changing Advent-Ures Ultimate Advent Calendar
We wake up on Christmas, gather everyone, and open all the presents together! 🙂
Our tradition is turkey dinner and lots of desserts.
Such a great idea! My daughter and I have an advent calendar that I refill with new goodies each year. Now that she’s 13, she’s been getting into beauty and I think she would really love this, especially the headband. : ) Plus, there’s some cool mom stuff in the Ultimate Advent too that I could use. ; ) Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest.
We’re not Italian, but we always make homemade Panzerotti for Christmas Eve dinner.
One tradition we have is opening one gift on Christmas Eve 🙂
No matter how busy everyone is we find time to get together even if it isn’t on December 25Th but we always call each other that day.
instead of doing a big turkey dinner we do finger foods and game so that more time is spent together instead of my poor mom in the kitchen all day! 🙂 it’s lots of fun
We give our kids a Christmas ornament each year that highlights something meaningful from the past year. Then when they leave home to start their own families we give them the ornaments for their own tree.
When we were younger Santa (Mom & Dad) would only put out the gifts when we were all sleeping. When we woke up we would open our stockings first, then Dad would put on his Santa hat and hand out the gifts. We all had stockings until their passings, but I still have my original stocking! Happy Holidays!
Every christmas eve we build a gingerbread house!
Our holiday tradition is to have a seafood feast on Christmas Eve.
We have had a chocolate advent calendar for so many years, in fact we now have 2 each year.
Our Christmas tradition is to have a seafood feast on Christmas Eve.
We have plum pudding after Christmas dinner.
One of our traditions is having the kids play music on Christmas Eve. We have piano, guitar, flute and drummers in the family. They get to play alone or with their siblings. We started this when the kids were small and now they are grown and still want to do it.
My wife would love this!!
Our tradition is that we still get an chocolate advent calendar every year.
We always hang our stocking – we don’t have many traditions but that is important to the kids.
A holiday tradition in our family is decorating the tree together!
We have an old artificial tree that we assemble and decorate every year, with ornaments that we have collected as souvenirs from our travels through the years.
We hide chocolate coins for the kids to find.
Christmas eve we always open a present, get new pajamas and snuggle up with some snacks to watch a classic christmas movie!
I make a chocolate/gift a day advent calendar for each of my nieces and nephews. Next year I’m going to buy these for the girls instead!
We open a gift on Christmas Eve after we go for a drive to see the Christmas light displays
Open a present Christmas Eve
We have a great meal for 10 days of our holidays. We enjoy an outside fire. We enjoy snow shoeing and winter walks. We open gifts Christmas morning or Christmas eve. We also enjoy watching movies with lots of snacks.
Putting an orange in the bottom of the stocking.
We open one gift each on Christmas Eve!
Beauty advent calendars are the best thing! I would way rather have new products to try than chocolate
love the idea of the advent calendar and the giving aspect to a charity too
We always go out for “lupper” (late lunch/early supper) on Christmas Eve. My parents started the tradition 50 years ago and I continue it now with my family.
we always stay up and watch a Charlie Brown Christmas on Christmas eve.
My holiday tradition is to host an open house on Christmas Eve
We always drive around to look at the local Christmas light displays
A holiday tradition in my family is driving around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve! Happy Holidays 🙂
We always celebrate on christmas eve with a family dinner and after dinner we open gifts.
We sing in our local Christmas cantata every year, and around town doing carolling with various choirs.
Every Christmas Eve we open a gift containing new pyjamas, a movie and some hot beverages with a new mug as well as a treat! We all sit around and watch our movies and open one gift each.
We always have pizza on Christmas Eve.
We go to mass on Christmas Eve then open our presents. We love to watch Christmas movies and enjoy eating chocolate.
Secret santa gift exchange
I still do stocking stuffers even though my family is all grown
We go to my Aunt’s house every year on Christmas eve and celebrate with her. Open gifts and have something to eat.
We each get to open one gift on Christmas eve
Board games on Christmas Eve then we open our presents after midnight so everyone can sleep late on Christmas Day!
We decorate a gingerbread house every Christmas.
Usually a family gathering and just spend time together.
I always get the kids a giant chocolate Kinder egg, no matter how old they are!
Our Christmas tradition is to have a big family dinner on Christmas Eve.
Our Christmas tradition is always to watch A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Alastair Sim on Christmas Eve.
One of the traditions we have is that I prepare 6 Christmas stockings for my family and present them with their stockings at our Christmas dinner gathering…
Christmas crackers (paper hats & silly jokes with a little prize)
Go for a walk in the snow
We go to church Christmas Eve…
we have a few holiday traditions. We always decorate our house and the Christmas tree after Remembrance Day while listening to Christmas music. We always spend Christmas eve at my Grandmas house and boxing day at my in laws. And we always make sure to have Christmas Crackers at every family get together
Decorating the tree as a family while listening to some much too loud xmas music! 🙂
We gather around the piano and sing festive Christmas carols.
My family’s Christmas tradition is a little weird. Each Christmas someone in my family gets a soap on a rope as a gift. Then next year they get to give it to someone else in the family.
one person each year gets a very oddly wrapped gift.
Our tradition is to go to my aunt’s house and spend Christmas eve with her
We watch classic holiday movies on Christmas Eve.
My favorite holiday tradition is enjoying Rappie Pie with the family on Christmas Eve.
When we leave the family dinner we take a drive to see all the lights.
Our family tradition is to get a new pair of PJS on christmas eve
sharing family time and helping each other
sharing family time and helping each other
hope this works this time or I will need the family to help
We listen to Polka dance party.
One of our traditions was each opening one gift on Christmas Eve to keep the kids from going berserk with anticipation!
We go to church every Christmas eve
We wear our PJ’s the whole holiday !
we always open one gift on Christmas Eve
Spending Boxing Day with my extended family.
We love to drive around looking at the beautiful Christmas lights & listen to Christmas Carols.
WE have Christmas pudding with rum butter sauce after dinner!
The kids were allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve and we were so excited to decide which one we would open.
Our family always gets together on Christmas Eve for a pot luck dinner and then we sing Christmas Carols.
One of our family traditions is to go to church on christmas eve:)
We have a seafood feast on Christmas Eve.
We open one gift on Christmas Eve.
Exchange of presents!
My entire family always gets together for dinner on the night of the 25th at my parents’ house. Members from all over North America make the trip home.
a traditional turkey dinner on christmas day
Sharing my fresh baked cookies
We have a tradition of hiding a pickle on the Christmas tree.
Our family tradition is to open one gift on Christmas Eve which is Pj’s
We still have a Christmas Day lunch and decorate a real Christmas tree and exchange gifts on Christmas Day. My grandmother was the best at inviting us to her house for these things and more but since she has passed away, it hasn’t been the same due to her belief in the Xmas spirit.
We always let the little ones open one gift on Christmas Eve. Now the grandchildren open one gift.
I really like the new year countdown advent
We’re a weird family. On Christmas eve every year, we gather together (the venue always changes) for a family potluck. Someone always brings crockpot chili and there are always Quality Street chocolates.
we get to open one present on christmas eve
on christmas eve we open 1 present
We love opening presents on Christmas Day 🙂
Love the 25 Days Of Game Changing Advent-Ures Ultimate Advent Calendar.
Each year a different member of the family gets to hand out the christmas presents at the family christmas dinner.
Making Tourtières for Christmas Eve and throughout the holidays every year with my Mom.
One of our traditions is to open only one gift on Christmas Eve while enjoying some gingerbread and shortbread.
We always have a coke float first thing on Christmas morning (weird, I know!)
In our household, my daughter trims the tree and I hand her the ornaments. It’s always been the two of us so it’s a very special tradition that we created together.
Our Christmas tradition is going to look at Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate!
We’ve always had an open house for our friends on Boxing Day.
new pjs & hot cocoa & Christmas movies on Christmas Eve
we open one gift on Christmas eve!!!
Leave cookies and milk out for Santa
We have a big immediate family (over 60 members) and get together the weekend before Christmas every year to enjoy delicious food, drinks, & lots of laughs, while the little ones open up presents & play games.
We watch Love Actually on Christmas Eve!
We go ice skating every Christmas Eve!
Our holiday tradition in my family was to always open all the gifts on the 24th. For my kids I only let them open one gift on the 24th and all the rest the next day lol
Getting together for an evening of decorating and fun
We get to open one present on christmas eve
we open our stockings in bed.
We enjoy grabbing hot chocolate and driving around looking at christmas light displays
One holiday tradition in our family is decorating the Christmas tree together.
We always cooked a ham on Christmas Eve. Now that my children are grown and have families of their own they still continue this tradition.
We always have a house full of friends and family on Christmas Eve. We fondue, play games, roast marshmallows and, if the weather is good, we have a bonfire in our yard. Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity & Merry Christmas.
We have a tradition of trying to disguise the gifts as much as possible -weighting down gifts that are light. Putting them in boxes that are larger. using towels, marbles etc
A holiday tradition in my family is decorating the Christmas tree!
We make chocolate truffles every Christmas to bring to my Grandparents’ house for dessert.
So many traditions! Like trimming the tree, Christmas crafts and baking! But my personal favourite is spending New Years eve together by the fire, watching Christmas movies, eating Christmas treats, playing games and of course drinking egg nog!
We also open our stockings in bed! My husband and I are newly married so we are still establishing our own traditions which is super fun. We get to take from things our families did and choose which ones we want to use & also get ideas from outside our families. Last year we got a real tree for the first time in my life and that was so fun, I can’t wait to do it again. We open our stockings in bed on christmas morning and open a present of pjs (or similar cozy gift) on christmas eve.
On one weekend before Christmas we always decorate the tree one day and relax and watch Christmas movies the next day! Really sets the mood for our Christmas.
We have a couple – all food related of course. 23rd – Chinese food/take out of some kind and 24th – Ukrainian dinner (none of us are Ukrainian haha). We’re starting up the tradition of opening a box with our kids that contains a pair of PJ’s and a Christmas movie to watch on the 24th and 25th and 26th (3 kids lol).
Every Christmas Eve after Church our whole family would take our dog for a walk around the neighbourhood. We always loved when it snowed and really gave us that extra special bit of Christmas feeling but even when it didnt it was always fun with great memories.
My family doesn’t do gifts we just spend those days all together. Reconnecting.
We have a family get together with lots of yummy appetizers on Christmas Eve.
Our family tries to get together for eats and gifts. The gifts are mainly for the children.
decorating the tree
We like to drive around and look at the Christmas lights.
Our holiday family tradition always includes church on Christmas eve, followed by a very extravagant meal and lots of regret 🙂
we love the christmas crackers with the little hats inside and wear them at the christmas dinner table
Birthday cake after Christmas dinner!
In our family, we have a big Christmas eve dinner and celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday and then attend the midnight mass after.
We have a lot of Norwegian traditions like making all kinds of specialty cookies and of course, we open our gifts on Christmas eve! 😉
We bake and decorate cookies together with our kids
We always enjoy a drive to see all the lights
Our family has a spiced beef competition every year
Thanks for the nice contest 🙂
I’ve always had chocolate advent calendars but for the first time this year I have a homemade tea calendar and I’d love to get a beauty calendar as well 🙂
One of our holiday traditions is to have 12 meatless dishes on Christmas Eve.
Every Christmas Eve, we have a tradition to wait until it’s 12 midnight, greet each other merry Christmas, and have a “noche buena” (literally “Good night” in Spanish and “Christmas eve dinner or feast” for us in the Philippines). So after having a late night dinner, we can then open all our presents and see each other’s reactions after seeing what we got. 😁
we spend time with family christmas eve and on christmas day.
Our family tradition is to have a potluck lunch with the extended family on Christmas day. We all make an effort to be there.
We open one present on Christmas eve and the rest on Christmas morning.
Our large family has a dinner followed by a gift exchange game that long but hilarious!
We always go to Christmas Service on Christmas eve.
My daughter’s birthday is Dec 22nd, so we always go on the Christmas train to celebrate!
After reading your review on Celestial Seasonings sugar cookie sleigh ride tea, I noticed that it contains gluten, which I am not supposed to have. Usually, as soon as I hear that something tastes good, I’ll discover it contains gluten. Not being able to have certain things in my diet is what made me turn to tea as something I can have so I will try to enjoy the festive season without certain naughty things.
Open up a gift on Christmas Eve that’s usually themed Pjs and watch Charlie Brown Christmas!
we get together and eat/drink until we’re all stuffed and belligerent
We have a few traditions. We purchase a Ravensburg Christmas jigsaw puzzle and work away on it over the holidays. There are always dated Christmas ornaments exchanged and we always have home made cabbage rolls on Christmas Eve 🙂 🙂
going to the movies!
One of our holiday traditions is to get a choclate cake and stay up late watching the Sound of Music with tea and cake.
We decorate the tree together as a family!
Watching Christmas movies all December long
we always put up a real Christmas tree, using the same decorations year after year
It seems like my family and I don’t do many traditions but we do always love watching the Halmark movies on TV!
We always have a Christmas Eve gathering with anyone who feels like stopping by. Complete with games and lots of fun holiday inspired beverages.
The whole family gets together on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts
On christmas eve we read the night before christmast and leave cookies and milk out for santa
we usually have a ham and Turkey along with christmas crackers at the table
We always opened our gifts Christmas Eve. I’m trying to figure out how it never upset us kids that Santa wasn’t coming Christmas morning just like everyone else. lol.
Spending time with the family and watching movies
Everyone receives a chocolate letter – their initial. Great memories at Christmas.
One of our families biggest traditions was always getting a book and a pair of jammies on Christmas Eve to help get us through the night.
We always do a cookie exchange
Our traditions include the annual battle of talking my hubby into lugging all our storage totes of xmas decor up from the basement. Then I decorate everything but the biggest tree by myself while hubby grumbles about him having to do everything. After that I laugh at him while he struggles with the outside lights!
Once everything stressful is done we have a blast going to a bunch of parties, events & xmas markets with friends/family. & I’m 41 but I still decorate cookies with my mom!
We are only allowed to open our stockings before a proper family breakfast, gifts have to wait until everyone has had a full meal. We had one year where our dog was impatient and decided to start opening gifts without us. 🙂
This is the first Christmas I won’t be travelling back home to see family, so my husband and I decided to start our own traditions this year! We have plans to get dressed to the nines and go out for a fancy dinner on Christmas Eve!
Thanks for the chance!
Our Christmas tradition is to go to the movies…my immediate family actually doesn’t celebrate!
We open pj’s on Xmas Eve and we all wear them to bed. Each year we also get together and make a large quantity of Perogies. This year we are starting something new with a baking day (baked goods exchange).
My comment about the post entitled “canadian tea companies”, I had no idea there were this many Canadian tea companies out there. I recognize a few of them but most of them are new to me.
We usually have a traditional Christmas supper at our house and invite the family. We also open the Christmas stockings after supper.
Our tradition is that we all get to open one gift on Christmas eve.
My family has tons of traditions but my favourite one is taking Christmas portraits as a family! We have a lot of family back in the Philippines and we always take portraits to send home in our Christmas cards. Growing up, we used to just go to Wal-mart, but for the last 6 or so years, we have been trying to up our game – going on hikes in the forest, going out in a small snowstorm, etc. It’s always so much fun and absolutely crazy, but then we ended up with amazing photos and great memories!
Our Christmas tradition is to watch a movie after dinner.
We all pick our favorite chrismas movie and watch all 4 movies back to back with yummy snack and drinks on christmas eve!
We open our gifts on Christmas day in the morning and then have a nice family dinner.
I am getting tired of cooking dinners, but when it is ready and the whole family sits at the same table I love it all.
We do Christmas crackers and wear the paper hat!
A holiday tradition in our family is singing the 12 Days of Christmas song every year. We divide into parts and sing the whole song through!
New Christmas pjs every year!
I would love the 25 Days Of Game Changing Advent-Ures Ultimate Advent Calendar! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! 🙂
My favourite of all of our holiday traditions is picking out our ornament for the tree every year. After so long I have quite the eclectic collection!
Shared family reading of new Christmas books and compulsory good deeds, such as donating for the treatment of sick children in Eastern Europe
My holiday tradition is actually making an advent calendar for my bf. But I am thinking I might want this for me 😉
having appies for dinner on Christmas eve
Mmm love me some Body Shop products! The 24 days of Beauty advent looks spectacular!
Having prime rib on Christmas Eve…and lots of wine!
We get to open one present on Christmas Eve. 🙂
on xmas eve we have chili for supper and open one present which id pjs
One thing I have just started, is to give each grandchild a Xmas decoration, each year.
We like to decorate the Christmas tree together!
We always get together Christmas Eve for a potluck dinner and later we all sing Christmas carols.
We have many Christmas traditions that include the kids opening a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve (new pyjamas and festive socks), reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas before heading to bed, leaving Christmas cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and his reindeers, opening our Christmas Stockings on Christmas morning (everyone young and old looks forward to this tradition) and baking our family’s delectable desserts and favourite recipes just to name a few.
We have the 12 meatless Ukrainian dishes every Christmas Eve!
25 Days Of Game Changing Advent-Ures Ultimate Advent Calendar
we get together at my moms for Christmas Eve and play games eat food, and tuck the kids in to wait for Santa in the morning
This is very cool! I always buy the chocolate calendars for my sons and we decorate our tree and create a gingerbread house every year.
We are starting new Holiday traditions , I now have custody of my grandson(after his mom’s death), or maybe pick up an old tradition like stringing popcorn( and eating it of course)
Christmas morning breakfast at my mom’s.
We watch Christmas shows and listen to music and wrap up in blankets with a warm tea (or other beverage) in front on the TV on Christmas Eve. Very cozy!
we love going to my moms first thing christmas day for breakfast . love it
I just love to see the little ones (grandchildren) playing with each other.
We have an indoor picnic lunch on the living room floor on Christmas day 🙂
We always decorate the tree together and tell stories about the ornaments and past Christmas.