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The next two weeks we are looking for the cutest and “most scared” pictures of your babies and kiddos photographed with Santa!

One of last year's winners

We want to ring in the holiday season with a few laughs (and smiles) and have a contest on the best “scared of” and “cute” Santa pictures. We know it is only December 7th, so that’s why we are running this contest for the next week and half until December 16th to give you enough time to snap your photos. We will pick 2 winners – one will be for the cutest Santa picture with your child(ren) and the other will be for the funniest “I’m scared of” Santa photo with your child(ren). Submit your pictures starting TODAY through December 16th. (A little blurb about the pic would be great too!)

We will choose our winners (at random) who will win a $100 shopping spree from our Le Top online boutique – www.letop-usa.com. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, December 16th.

So, where to send these photos?

Email service@letop-usa.com or Facebook your image with a blurb on our fan page by clicking here: Le Top Facebook Page


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Growing up, my mom or my nanny would buy me an advent calendar – what child doesn’t love one? It’s a candy a day!! Of course now, many parents fill advent calendars with little toys or socks or tasty treats – the sky is the limit!

I wondered this weekend what the history of an advent calendar really is and where did it come from?

Here is a mini brief:

An Advent calendar is a special calendar that is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent. [Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”) is a season observed in many Western Christian Churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas in anticipation of Christmas.] Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content. Despite the name, most commercially available Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3.

Today, most Advent calendars are made for children. Many take the form of a large rectangular card with “windows” of which there are often 24; one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. One is opened every day during Advent.

The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century would count down the first 24 days of December physically. Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1. Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle (perhaps the genesis of today’s Advent Wreath) or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day.

The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851. According to the Lower Austrian Landesmuseum, the first printed Advent calendar was produced in Hamburg in 1902 or 1903. Other authorities state that a Swabian parishioner, Gerhard Lang, was responsible for the first printed calendar, in 1908.

Lang was certainly the progenitor of today’s calendar. He was a printer in the firm Reichhold & Lang of Munich who, in 1908, made 24 little colored pictures that could be affixed to a piece of cardboard. Several years later, he introduced a calendar with 24 little doors. He created and marketed at least 30 designs before his firm went out of business in the 1930s. In this same time period, Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent calendars, with Bible verses instead of pictures behind the doors.

So today – why not make your own Advent calendar and count down to Christmas with a handmade calendar you and the kids can create. Using ornaments, baby socks, and photos, these charming, treat-a-day ideas make the holiday season even more merry. Slide pictures into postcard holders and hide them with numbered cards. Family members can transfer the pictures to a photo album or hang up this display. Enjoy and look at the picture and use the tools below to create a fun activity with your kids today!

Note: You can use swatches of decorative paper or even holiday wrapping paper instead of the numbered cards.

Materials:

  • Heavyweight printer paper or decorative paper, 80 lb., 8 1/2 by 11 inches, in Natural White
  • 24 4-by-6-inch photos
  • Hanging postcard or photo holder (you can buy at www.exposuresonline.com)

Directions:
Print out on 8.5×11 heavyweight paper, numbers 1 through 25 and then cut them out to the size of a postcard and slide the photos into the holder and cover with the papers.

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The results are in for the winner of our Halloween Costume contest. We were looking for a cute, funny, spooky, or imaginative costume from our blog, twitter, and facebook followers. There were many ‘too cute’ kids in their adorable costumes.

The lucky winner of a FREE Le Top outfit of her choice from the Le Top online boutique – www.letop-usa.com is Diana Wai Frazier. We couldn’t resist the photo of her daughter dressed as Velma from Scooby Doo. Check out her entry below.


“She was asking for a Velma costume since summer. I repurposed thrift clothing for her sweater and skirt. Socks are from the soccer aisle at a sporting goods store. Glasses were 3D glasses with the lenses removed. She was all smiles on Halloween!” – Diana Wai Frazier.

Diana, we will be contacting you directly. Start looking through our site at www.letop-usa.com for your favorite Le Top outfit!

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If today’s darling doesn’t get you in the spirit of the holidays then we don’t know what will. In these pics, Connor (18-months) is trying on the Le Top “Rockin’ Reindeer” stripe waffle coverall to scare his Mom, Dad and Pop. He truly is a jolly happy soul!

Connor is an only child, first grandchild on mom’s side of the family, and the eighth on dad’s side. Give him a ball and he’s a happy boy. He holds a major fascination with water, the shower, a water hose, and rain. Did we mention he loves eggs? Though he’s 100% boy he’s also a Mommy’s boy..and loves his Pop. Congratulations Connor on your title of Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Le Top costumes: (left to right) Barker the Puppy, Duke the Roaring Dragon, Sophie the Poodle

Lilah as Spidey

Happy Halloween Le Top fans! 

This week we are looking for the cutest pictures of your babies and kiddos photographed in their spookiest or most darling or funny costumes from this past weekend’s trick-or-treating or even your little one’s Halloween celebrations from today! We wanted to reach out to our blog, Facebook and Twitter fans to submit your pictures starting TODAY through Thursday, November 3rd.

We will choose a winner (at random) who will win a FREE Le Top outfit of choice from our Le Top online boutique – www.letop-usa.com. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, November 4th.

So, where to send these spooky, cute and ghoulish photos?

Email service@letop-usa.com or Facebook your image and blurb on our fan page by clicking here: Le Top on Facebook

Let the Halloween Contest BEGIN!

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Those of you that regularly follow our blog know that this cutie is Elijah, son of our first time mom and blog contributor, Kristin. We couldn’t resist showing you photos of Elijah (6-months-old) in his Le Top “Stripes the Tiger” costume. Rraaarrh! Hopefully this gets you psyched to take out your princess, pumpkin, pirate, puppy, or whatever your little ghoul has decided to be this year! Have fun with it!

If you don’t have a costume yet check out Le Top costumes at your local or on-line retailers.

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Photos by Corinne McCombs (www.corinnemccombs.com)

Angelic and lovely, Grace Addison (4-months-old), loves to cuddle, laugh and smile. We’re told this precious little girl enjoys watching football and baseball games with her daddy. Awwwwww. Since she is the first granddaughter on both sides of her family she is very spoiled and loves every second of it! Already a girly girl Grace loves to wear pink and animal prints but is changing it up to be a baby cow for her first Halloween. It’s clear to see why Grace is the Le Top Darling of the Day!

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This adorable little ladybug, Ivy (7-months-old), is already in the spirit for the Halloween holiday that is just around the corner.  To get an oh-so-cute Le Top Halloween costume for your baby dragon, dino, puppy, tiger or cow go to Amazon or any of our upscale online retailers. 🙂 

Congrats to Ivy for being our Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Wow, look at what an absolute cutie Jessica (2-years-old) is, and with dimples to boot! We’re told that this sparkling beauty enjoys gymnastics, anything Dora (The Explorer), watching Toy Story (Buzz is her favorite character), visiting Disneyland, playing with her cousins, and simply loves her pink Bear Bear. Congratulations to Jessica on being crowned the Le Top Darling of the Day!

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This beautiful princess, Maria (2-month-old), comes to us all the way from Russia. How international! Her mom is the childhood friend of our Le Top baby designer, Elena. Maria is just the cutest little girl who enjoys sleeping, smiling, and being adorable! Proud parents Katia and Alexander say they are overjoyed with her addition to their family. Congratulations to Maria for being chosen the Le Top Darling of the Day!

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