It's been over a year now since my fiancé Jake moved to Sweden from America. It's been an experience seeing him learn and be apart of my culture just like it was amazing for me to be a part of the American one when I was an exhange student. Christmas has always been a special holiday for me! My parents would always have some kind of advent calendars for me and my little brother when we were growing up and it was a very wonderful part of our childhood just like I think it is for many other Swedish people and Europeans. The Advent Calendars seem to have become very popular in different shapes and forms among adults. I've so far heard about calendars with cheese, wine, chocolates or even teas. I love december and think it's a sweet period to enjoy before Christmas, so this year I decided to make an advent calender so Jake could experience that part of our christmas celebration. He is diabetic so I've had to be creative about the presents and not put any kind of candy in the packages. I bought most of my presents from the chain Dollarstore since they keep a low price on all of their products. With 24 packages in an advent calender it's good to have a budget and I decided to keep mine lower since I want to put more into my christmas presents instead. My suggestions for presents to an advent calender would be; lottery tickets, beer, deodorant, gum, tea or anything else you might find for a good price. Scroll down to see some of the 24 things I put in Jake's calender.
A beer glass with the text "It's The Most Wonderful Time For A Beer". Cost 30SEK = 3,59$
The Advent Calender before I drew the numbers on the presents.
I bought the metal tree from Dollarstore and sprayed it silver! 
I also found the lights at Dollarstore and they look like clothespins but with lights attached to them. 
Close up on the clothespins.
Perfume for men from Dollarstore. Cost 50SEK = 5,98$.
Cough Drop with mint flavor from Lagerhaus. Cost 10SEK = 1,20$.
Jumbo Yatzy. Cost 20SEK = 2,39$.
A binder for Jake's swedish classes. 10SEK = 1,20$.
Jake has his own music room in our house so got this fun christmas decoration for it!
Jake's favorite color is green so I got this festive soap for the holidays from Dollarstore!
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