an advent calendar

Last year I wrote a bit about the meaning of Christmas for me and my crew. Christmas had become all kinds of nasty for me and I’m just so thrilled to have a teeny weeny family of my own now to regenerate the spirit of Christmas in me… It’s for this reason I was ever so desperate to make the biggest her first advent calendar this year (and engage in any type of Christmas event/tradition possible). We never had an advent calendar as kids so it’s not a tradition I have been a part of before, but I feel really strongly about developing our own family traditions that we take part in each week or month or year to enjoy and look back on with fond memories.

IMG_2759I began scouring pinterest to get some ideas… there were sooo many! I finally decided to make one with little gifts hanging from a stick, as I had collected some from our yard and around the place which have been driving Prince Charming nutty as they are continually falling over in the corner of our study. They are such beautiful sticks though, he just can’t seem to see that! Nevertheless he was thrilled that I was finally using one for a project. Little does he know that come the 25th of December this pretty little stick will be going back to my stash once it is no longer in use. Until this post arrives in his inbox of course, drat!

Anyway, I had all manner of creative ideas about the bags I would sew and numbers I would carefully stitch onto each one, then it was Friday 30th November and nothing had been started… so I scratched that and made this instead. Is that a nice stick, or what?

IMG_2754The ones on pinterest and the one in my head looked a lot better, but the kid has been more than thrilled and I am getting a bit of a kick out of that each day when she climbs up on a kitchen chair to help me cut down a gift. I have cheated somewhat and almost all of the gifts are Christmas decorations we already had, in the hope that being two and a half, she won’t remember them from last year. So far, success! There are about four which are actual gifts for her, things I had lying around the house like a bouncy ball, a stamp, a little purse and something else which I can’t remember. The last gift isn’t there yet but it is going to be a small card from me telling her (and next year one for each girl) how special she is and mentioning something wonderful she has achieved that year. I’ll punch a hold in it, date it and put some string through it and she can hang it on the tree. I thought that might be something nice to look back on each year when we are decorating the tree and can read through cards from previous years. We’ll see!

IMG_2768The wrapping paper is recycled pages torn out of our Melways (the city map book for Melbourne) which has become obsolete nowadays with iPhones and google maps and those things you get in your car which tell you where to go (I don’t have one). It seems I hardly need these things anyway as there is something in my genes which prevents me from getting lost. It’s weird. When I got my licence my friend and I went driving and thought it would be an adventure to get lost somewhere and have to find our way out. She had a great time as every bend we went around she was lost, but I couldn’t join in because I always remembered how to get out. I’m a bit like a homing pigeon.

I digress. It’s late. The advent calendar. Yippee, it’s up, we’re having fun, we’re into it, we’re all about Christmas here at our place.

Night all xo


  1. Melissa Naiad December 5, 2012

    This is such a great idea! I was hoping to start an advent calendar tradition next year when my daughter is about 2 1/2. Maybe I’ll do something like this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • motherwho December 5, 2012

      It’s certainly proving a hit in our house! Lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nicole December 9, 2012

    I love this idea. Especially the road maps as wrapping paper. I’m super impressed.

    • motherwho December 11, 2012

      Thanks Nicole ๐Ÿ™‚ A great way to use up old street directories!

  3. tricia December 10, 2012

    It’s a gorgeous advent calendar.

    We’re enjoying ours – but are having more fun joking about how slack we are not doing our ‘creative craft’ each day than actually doing the craft ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • motherwho December 11, 2012

      Thanks Tricia! Yours looks like so much fun!

  4. Amanda December 18, 2012

    Your calendar is lovely – I like the way you’ve hung the gifts from that sweet branch – very clever. We’ve been enjoying our first year of our handmade Advent calendar too… such a fun way to count down the days left until Christmas. Have just stumbled across your blog, it’s a lovely space and one i hope to visit again x

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