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Win a Maileg Pixie in our Guide to 2010 Advent Calendars

Submitted by on November 12, 2010 – 12:50 am77 Comments

maileg advent pixieI know we’re barely past Halloween, but here at the Great Toy Guide, the team have been hard at work testing out the best alternatives to chocolate advent calendars.

We’ve brought together some of our favourite cardboard, fabric and wooden advent calendars including ethical calendars like the Biome Snowman and Spottiswoode Trading teddy bear advent, and some beautiful items that are sure to become treasured family heirlooms like the Santa’s Workshop and Maileg Christmas Pixie.

We’ve got some great options for kids aged 4 and over from Playmobil, from pirates to fairies, dragons and policemen. And if you’re looking for a perfect advent gift, how about the new range of calendars from the fantastic British designer Caroline Gardner, which includes a nativity scene or perhaps you’d prefer the Charlie and Lola style Gingerbread Flora? For something different this year, you could even try an advent truck or a combination stocking and calendar!

If you’re looking for something more spiritual, then why not take a look at this beautiful fabric nativity advent calendar, perfect for helping children to understand the story of Christmas, or try a magnetic version of the nativity from Lakeland.

Win Your Own Maileg Christmas Pixie Advent Calendar!

The Great Toy Guide is offering one of our readers the chance to win a magnificant Maileg Christmas Pixie advent calendar. Designed in Denmark, this festive pixie stands at more than 1.5 metres tall and will make a fantastic addition to your Christmas decorations. To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favourite Christmas tradition. A winner will be picked at random on November 25th, and the calendar shipped to you in time for December 1st. UK entrants only. Good luck!

Oh, and if it’s not TOO early to say it – Merry Christmas!

And our lucky winner, as chosen by random.org is commenter #27 – well done to Nova at Cherished by Me!


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  • Oh how lovely Jen!

    My favourite is making Austrian Xmas Cookies! Yummy.

    And of course, filling advent calendars!


  • Alethea says:

    A tradition that we only started last year was making our own decorations. We made up a batch of salt dough, cut out christmassy shapes and then my son painted them; imagine blue candy canes and purple stars :-).

    This year we want to add to the collection, but we will be making up a small set for all the grandparents back in SA to hang on their trees as a special gifts from their gorgeous grandson. A nice way to feel like we’re all together in spirit!

  • Kirsten Murphy says:

    My favourite family Christmas tradition is nobody is allowed into the living room until my husband checks to see if Santa has been! My Dad still does this with my sister and she’s 40!!!

  • MrsShilts says:

    I love Christmas. One of our favourite traditions to the run up to Christmas is to meet with all the family on the first Sunday of December. All the family from my husbands side get together from across England at a swanky hotel and we have a lovely meal together and swap christmas cards. We save the pressies until Christmas Eve but this get together really marks the beginning of the festivities in style.

  • Amanda Ryan says:

    We have lots of Christmas traditions, but I love the excitement on my children’s faces when the build up starts. Placing the mince pie, carrot and whiskey out(Santa is cold by the time he reaches us, so milk just doesn’t do it) is my favourite tradition, we even have a special place for it.
    Oh I’m getting excited already.:-)

  • One of our favourite Christmas traditions is the “Cookie Tree.” My mother stared this when I was young.
    Mom always bought a small tree for our dining room. She baked an array of sugar cookies, decorated them beautifully and hung them from the tree with ribbon – A magical delight for the eye!
    I have continued this with my own family but,instead of sugar cookies, we bake and decorate gingerbread boys and hearts and decorate them with white icing. They are hung on the tree with red and white gingham ribbon. A gingerbread star cookie tops our special tree.
    I keep this small tree in the dining room(just as mom did) and we look forward to “putting it together” each year.
    When children come to visit they love having a cookie from our “Cookie Tree!”

  • Clare says:

    Can’t wait for Christmas! We always save all the Christmas films for that period, and have lovely festive movie nights with Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Elf, Home Alone etc etc. Looking forward to dusting them off.

  • Halcyon Meldrum says:

    we always have orange jellies made in half an orange with just enough space in the top for the pouring cream. A tradition going back to my Granny’s time

  • Lorna says:

    I had seen these already but hadnt realised they were such a fantastic size!

    My favourite tradition is that theres always a present under the tree addressed to the whole family….. from the dog! x

  • ohh please enter me into you competition, it may just stop all the children fighting about the 1 advent calender we usually have in our house :-) hmmm our fav tradition is decorating the tree and house together and making new things for the tree.

  • Lizzy G says:

    Our favourite tradition is taking a walk on Christmas Eve, looking at all the lights and feeling the excitement in the air. Until a few years ago, this walk used to just be with our two dogs, but now it is with our precious little girl. Last Christmas she was so excited, as we encouraged her to listen for reindeer bells, before going home and leaving our treats for Santa and Rudolph. I can’t wait!

  • Elisabeth says:

    I start decorating the house on the first advent and add a couple of decorations every day. When Christmas arrives the whole house is decorated from top to bottom and really christmassy :-)

  • Linda Cripps says:

    Our Christmas tradidition is to always go into the woods on Christmas Eve and pick holly and ivy to decorate our home ,family event even includes the faily pets, cats and dogs come with us too to holly and ivy hunting .our other tradition is to have warm stollen and fresh coffee for Christmas morning breakfast, i think christmas is all about traditions!

  • Kaye says:

    My favourite tradition is preparing a plate of goodies for Santa with my children, mince pies or Christmas pudding together with a glass of mulled wine . The look on their faces in the morning when they see a trail of crumbs leading towards the fireplace is priceless.

  • Christine Lockley says:

    Wow, how beautiful – thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Our fave family tradition is snuggling up every Sunday afternoon with a Christmas DVD, all warm and toasty on the sofa. We also love making our own cards and some gifts.


    What a lovely advent calendar – its such a special part of Christmas the advent countdown.

  • kirsty says:

    Those pixies are just divine!
    Favourite tradition, shaking the ‘jingle bells’ outside our sons’ bedroom door (sshhhh, can you hear something?!)

  • Pauline says:

    I saw this advent pixie in a local shop today & fell in love with it!
    In our home we never throw out any Christmas decorations. So our trees are covered in 24 years of stuff! Including a wonky paper 16 year old robin and various ‘things’ made out of pasta.
    Christmas is not a time for good taste, it a time for happy family memories and a good laugh.
    Happy Holidays!

  • Linda Dykes says:

    These are lovely. My favourite tradition is to make sure that I always watch at least one version of a Christmas Carol every year – it doesn’t feel like Christmas till I have watched it.

  • j malatynski says:

    we deck the house and garden after the little ones have gone to sleep on christmas eve … its so special to see their little faces when they awake to the magic thats christmas … awwwwwwwww sweet

  • Favourite Christmas tradition? Easy – forgetting every year that Midnight Mass starts at 11.30 so turning up, rather worse for wear, along with the rest of the pub at midnight in the middle of the second carol. Every year a winner.

  • vanessa says:

    What a fantastic giveaway. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win such a great prize.

    The children and I like to make home made christmas decorations made out of air dry clay. So easy for children of all ages to do. A set of christmas cutters, string and paint and each year, some new ones pop up on the tree, garlands are made and every knob in the house has something chritmassy hanging from it!

  • Pippa Ainsworth says:

    This is our first Christmas a family, both my partner and I living together and my little boy who will be 8 months at Christmas so we are making all our traditions together. I am making Christmas Cakes and edible gifts for friends and family, to go with their other gifts, and my little boy will be having new pyjamas on Christmas Eve, a Christmas story and leaving out a mince pie and glass of sherry for Santa. I absolutely love Christmas and I know that this one will be incredibly special.

  • Jayne says:

    I love christmas and even though I am all grown up and have moved away from home I can’t wait to return to my parents on Christmas Eve and always wake on Christmas morning to find I sill get a Christmas stocking from Santa – with the obligitary satsuma and gold coins!!! Brings back such good memories :o)

  • zainab govalia says:

    Doing up the tree!

  • Grace says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the whole family gets to open one gift on Christmas Eve…new PJ’s or everyone:) It’s fun having something special to wear on Christmas Eve.

  • Karen J says:

    Our favorite christmas tradition is leaving a glass of milk, a mince pie and carrots for Father Christmas and his reindeer….
    Thank You for offering such a lovely gift to the lucky winner.
    Nadolig Llawen!!

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