As an alternative Advent calendar, use four numbered candles to count down the weeks to Christmas. Keep foliage and other items well clear of candles and never leave burning candles unattended.
Get creative and make an easy Christmas sign from brown paper tags, and display at a window. Add mock presents wrapped in country-style Christmas giftwrap. Brown paper, secured with pretty red, white and gold ribbon, looks fabulous, simple and is easy on the purse!
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