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It’s (nearly) Chriiiiiiiistmassssss! It doesn’t matter if you’re five or 105, there’s something so exciting about hitting December 1st and starting that holly-jolly countdown to the big day. 

Whether you want to stick to traditional chocolates or you’re looking for more unusual ideas, our members and Consultants have gone Advent calendar crazy! We’re in love with Marie’s (@marie.goldie_sw) reindeer bearing gifts in our main image above… what type of calendar will you choose?

Classic chocolate

You’re never too old for a chocolate calendar and a small daily treat definitely won’t dull your slimming sparkle. Jo (jo_edwards.sw) fills an empty calendar with her favourite bite-size chocs – which is a great way to guarantee that every day’s a winner!

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MORE FOR MEMBERS: You’ll find Advent calendar chocolates (and other popular Christmas foods) on the online Food Search tool, making it really easy to count them and keep track of your daily Syns.

Time for tea (or a hot choc)

If you love a good cuppa, this might be the calendar for you. Whether you like trying new herbal or fruity varieties, or you just fancy branching out from builders’, you’re guaran-tea-ed a warm glow.

Gateshead Consultant Anne will be sipping her way through the festive season with her herbal tea calendar and home-made hot chocolate calendar (including brilliant-with-a-brew Slimming World Hi-fi bars). 

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Pick and mix

Why choose between your favourite treats? Slimming World member Charlotte (@chardoessw) has a mix of hot chocolate sachets (with yummy marshmallows), Christmas chocolates and cereal bars in her customised calendar.

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Get creative

Putney Consultant Sara has definitely been thinking outside the box – I can spy a Slimming World key ring, tea lights and even that recipe essential, a stock pot in her calendar. There’s a party popper in there, too, to celebrate a cracking Christmas!

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Mini Santa sacks

Prefer a home-made Christmas? High Wycombe Consultant Marion has gone for a rustic feel with this gorgeous display. 

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String up the bunting

Making something similar to Seaham Consultant Lucy’s mini advent mittens would be a fun project. Or you could peg up 25 mini gift bags – you’ll find lots of Christmassy peg sets online or in the shops (think colourful candy canes, Christmas trees or Santa hats). 

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Cosy candles

If you prefer non-edible treats, there’s a calendar for everyone. Beauty versions have had a boom in popularity in recent years – or maybe you’d like a stationery calendar to pep up your pencil case for the new year? I’d love a candle calendar, to fill the house with festive fragrance.

A pamper hamper

Preston Consultant Stephanie went one better with her Advent creation. She gathered a sleigh-ful of gifts, with no limitations on size. There are snow many things you could include in your hamper – I’d love to unwrap home-spa goodies and socks to stay snuggly and stress-free this Christmas. 

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Daily inspirations

Wrexham Consultant Karen does something a bit different for her Christmas countdown. She sets herself a challenge every day throughout December, to keep that slimming spirit strong, for example:

  • Dig out your ‘before’ photo and feel proud of what you’ve achieved
  • Find a brand-new Slimming World recipe to try
  • Think about what you want to achieve over Christmas

Or you could add scrolls of inspiration to a suitably sparkly jar like Halling Consultant Sharon…

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Christmas crackers

Slimming World Online member Sue_65 shared this cracking idea in our friendly online Community – a brilliant boxful of flavoured coffee sticks. That definitely beats a naff joke and paper hat!

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Compliments of the season

I can’t think of a nicer way to start the day than unwrapping some kind, heartfelt words from a friend or family member – or even from myself. In fact, I think that could even knock chocolate off the top Advent calendar spot!

Your local Slimming World group whether real-life or virtual will be full of festive fun in the run-up to the big day, with lots of tips, tools and treats for a tinsel-tastic countdown to Christmas.

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