the huntered housewife

our family life, our way

Reverse Advent Calendar

on October 17, 2016

I found this pic on Facebook recently.



It’s from a page called Countdown to Christmas, which I hadn’t heard of before. I am giving you the link to their page out of courtesy, since I have used a picture from there. You will see on the pic there is a website, called mum in the madhouse, which you can check out here. Because I am not one to use other people’s  content without giving them credit. I don’t for a minute presume that my little blog is so widely read that they would see it, but that’s not the point, it’s about being respectful.

Anyway……..we think this Reverse Advent Calendar is a great idea, however Christmas Eve is a little late to be trying to donate a basket of goodies to a charity to distribute, so we are going to do it for the month of November and donate it at the beginning of December. That way it has plenty of time to find its way to a needy family.

So, what kind of things go in such a basket?

There are the practical things – pasta and pasta sauce, rice, tea, coffee, sugar ( just because I keep sugar to a minimum doesn’t mean that everyone else does), breakfast cereal, soap, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, etc.

Then there are the other things – something that’s a bit “pampery” – lipstick, hand lotion, a dearer shampoo or body wash, a nice block of chocolate, fancy tea, there are plenty of options out there.

When it comes to donating items, I always tend to think of the Mum. I have a hard time thinking of what a Dad would like to receive. It can be hard to include something for kids as you don’t know the ages of children in the family the hamper will end up with, but sometimes you just have to take a punt.

I would love it if you would all join in by setting up a basket in  your own home and adding something to it each day (or even a couple of items a week) so that you can then donate it to charity to distribute.

Remember that food items must be in date and non perishable. Do not include frozen or chilled items, even if you purchase these last minute on your way to donating as they probably can’t be accepted due to food safety regulations. If you want to donate meat, buy a gift voucher at the butcher instead.

Who’s in? What sort of things would you put in such a basket?





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