Make: Advent Calendar

Friday, November 30, 2012






I have had make an advent calendar on my to-do list for a couple weeks now, yesterday I realized I better get a'crackin' because the countdown begins tomorrow! I love having an advent calendar for the sake of tradition, especially for my children. It's always those long standing traditions I look back on with the fondest of memories. It can also be a lovely decoration as well. Check out these links links to some of my favorite advent calendars herehere and here.

For this one I just printed out some date cards, used a date stamp, envelopes, a few wrapped up goodies and strung it all up on my wall. I filled the envelopes with chocolates, stickers, a couple of giftcards to the best book store ever, so that we could use them on an outing to go buy each other a book for christmas. I also included a few other little goodies; but I didn't fill each day with a gift, for some of the days I declared an activity to do later in the day, such as: drink hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows, or watch The Polar Express whilst eating popcorn balls. Others I placed an action that each of us could do for each other - like, leave a (nice) surprise for everyone under their pillow; say what you love most about yourself and everyone else in the room, or do something to help someone out that day. Personally I love giving and receiving with equal fervor and I want my kids to know the joy and value in both as well. It's a good exercise for me too! You can download the advent stars with numbers here and the advent circles with numbers here.

Have a happy weekend! xo

23 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I equally love giving and receiving gifts too. :)

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  2. Well done Christine! The calendar looks great. My mom always made a calendar for us, I still get one if I am home in December. This year my sister and I will give her one for her birthday tomorrow...

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    1. thanks nina! that is a great gift to give her and so sweet she still gives you one when you are home. xo

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  3. Okay, you win. I give up. Uncle. I was just complaining in line at Target today that now starts the dreaded month of filling the pockets of Cal's advent calendar...his was a gift many, many years ago. And here you go and actually *make* this stunner? Puts me to total shame. Crawling back in my hole now. ;)

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    1. haha, well if it makes you feel any better it totally fell down this morning and I have yet to fix it ; ) My glitter tape proved to be insufficient! xo

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  4. HI Cristine
    Wonderful! I equally love giving and receiving gifts too.!!! Happy weekend with your family
    Angelica

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    1. you too angelica! i loved your chalkboard tree today - so lovely xx

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  5. So beautiful, Christine, you are a true master of black and white style! I love the chocolate coins and those wonderful bird stickers :)

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  6. Yum popcorn balls! And nothing beats hot cocoa with melting marshmallows :)

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    1. no, i revert to being 4 when i have marshmallows in my hot chocolate ; )

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  7. This calendar looks amazing! I love its modern look!

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  8. So amazing that you put "experiences" and non-material things in the calendar. That's beyond touching but so obvious I don't know why more people don't do it. Well done, you. It all makes it about family, everything is a group activity. That's what the holidays should be about! My dad had one of those librarian date stamps as well and used to stamp birthday cards and gifts. I loved seeing that here and being reminded of it. xoxo

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    1. happy to oblige on evoking happy memories : ) and including activities is good for me too - so i make sure to not get too caught up in "not having time" and working day and night. if i plan it out, i will plan around it to make it happen. definitely not a promise breaker where my kids are concerned, they are too darn cute and sweet for those shenanigans ; ) xoxo!

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  9. This is so great! Just in time for December 1! I love the activities you included. Sometimes (most of the time/ all of the time) those memories are so much better than candy.

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  10. This is such a great idea and tradition. I really appreciate the idea of having some envelopes filled with goodies, while many others are filled with acts of kindness. I've never made or put up an advent calendar for my kids (a 5 yo & 3 yo), and this post is really inspiring me to start this year. I'm going to try to get something together by tomorrow!
    Happy weekend, Christine.

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  11. I like the calendar you created and the fact that not every day gives a gift but also challenges your children to think and take action.

    LUXESSED

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  13. This is simple adorable and so gorgeous! I never did advent calendars, not even as a kid. But this looks way better than those tacky Santa advent calendars!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  14. I absolutely love this idea - a mix of little gifts, activities and acts of kindness. I'm sure your children will love it.
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