Monday, December 8, 2008

Advent Calendars

This year we have a few Advent calendars happening.

I would love to one day own one of those lovely patchwork ones with the little pockets, but for now my homemade one for this year is a lot simpler.  I'm finally resigning myself to the fact that I'm just not very clever when it comes to the sewing machine!  :(  All projects seem to turn out to be disasters.  Maybe one day when I have more time to practice..........

Anyway, here is our homemade calendar.

A glass jar, decorated for Christmas and filled with chewy wrapped sweets.
Each day a child (they take turns) chooses a lolly, and the other one searches for the date of the day (I hide it in there just before their hand goes in!)

The number then gets stuck to the corresponding date on the cardboard Christmas tree up on our kitchen wall.  All those little gold squares are slowly turning silver!  The countdown is on, and I'm sharing in the children's excitement!

But really, I love the bit where we get to open a flap on this nativity advent calendar.
This was mine when I was a little girl, and the memories of it are strong and dear!

How are you doing the countdown to Christmas?


Copland said...

How am I doing the countdown to Christmas?

The way God intended, by lighting the 4 candles of Advent (Joy, Hope, Peace and Love) and waiting for Christmas Eve to light the Christ Candle and celebrate the coming of Jesus the Light into our dark dark world. Amen and Hallelujah!

Seriously though... just crunching our way through the days until Christmas and Boxing Day when we get 2 EXTRA DAYS OFF!! Woot!

I apologise for my flippant attitude, Saminda. I'm sorry.

Renata said...

We have a nativity calender as well - if only I would remember to get them to open the flaps!
I love your homemade advent calender - what a great idea!

rebecca j said...

Dear Saminda,

How delightful to read your posts and find I have a kindred spirit all the way in Australia! Your advent calendar is precious and so are the photos of your adorable babes.

I have not forgotten your question. The wheels are still spinning and I have asked some other friends to contribute in the answer as well.

Blessings to you!

Saminda said...

Mr Andrew Copland - I'd fall down if you were too serious. :)
Thanks for your humour, we actually do miss that at church these days......


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