Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Day Eleven: Advent Calendars!

I know in my heart I am not going to want to blog on Christmas Eve and Christmas, and so I'm going to write days eleven and twelve today, on day ten, and post them later! Let's all keep my terrible secret!

Today is the Eleventh day of Christmas! (wink) And since we're so close to the big day, I'm going to devote this post to advent calendars.

Advent calendars are a fun way to count down the days until Christmas. Typically 24 little doors, pouches, drawers, or pockets are assembled each with a surprise inside. For myself, I love the advent calendars with little pictures behind doors. I don't like the ones with chocolates. The chocolate is never very good, and I always have the sinking suspicion the store just kept setting it out year after year and now it's a few Christmases old. And so each year I've had the chocolate calendars, every day the surprise has been "disappointment".

With my birthday so close to December, my Mom and I have a tradition where she gives me an advent calendar with my presents. This year she gave Ryan and I each one. We've been enjoying 'Bible phrases' and 'Woodland creatures' the past 23 days, with no hope of the two complimenting each other anytime soon.

Me: "Mine is: 'And there were...shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8'."
Ryan: "Mine is a squirrel ice skating."

I love Mom's and mine tradition, but I often find myself pouring over the Do-It-Yourself advent calendars, dreaming of the day when I have my own little ones and I can teach them that the worst advent calendars are the chocolate ones. Inevitably I decide, what the heck, I can do this! And so every year I tell myself this is it: The year I will finally make my own advent calendar!

This was not the year.

However, if I was going to make an advent calendar, I think I would make the one I found this year over at MSQ's Frugal Living. I like it because each pocket contains a fun activity to try. Instead of little presents, the idea is to create Christmas memories, such as "make a Christmas treat for a friend" or "build a snowman."

It also looks very easy to make and low stress.

A sharpie is involved, already a DIY I can handle.

I love the look of these tags.

I'm a real sucker for a brown paper and twine look.

Click HERE to check out the tutorial and make your own!

Another lovely DIY advent calendar can be found over at Design Sponge.

I got as far as "How would I hang it on the wall...?"

It's absolutely beautiful, but like a lot of the Design Sponge projects (no offense to them) just looking at it makes me want to take a break. Design Sponge has so many gorgeous ideas, but the steps usually involve the kind of attention to detail Joan Collins would demand of her craft projects.

Who has the time to make that many stars?

Is that a sewing machine?

Oh, no way---

Look at how tight those corners have to be on the needle!
I might as well just drive myself to the hospital for stitches right now.

Whether they be doors, pockets, pouches, or perfect paper stars, check them twice today! There's only one more sleep till Christmas! (wink)

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