Monday, 28 November 2011

Counting the Days

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon wrapping small presents for our Advent calendar.

When both my daughters lived at home we had two calendars, a Divine chocolate one and another with embroidered pockets which took me several years to complete and of which I am inordinately proud.  Now that my older daughter is away at university they each have a Divine calendar and continue to share the other.  Last year my daughter opened her share of presents on her return but this year she has asked for them to be posted to her so that she can open them on the appropriate dates.  I'm going to enclose a CD of highlights from the Messiah, without which Advent would not be complete.

I'm fascinated by the variety of homemade Advent calendars.  Sue over at The Quince Tree has a very charming stained glass effect version while Magic Bean has designed one to be coloured in.  I've seen rows of knitted socks and heard about one where cryptic clues lead the child to a present hidden somewhere in the house.

Do you have one to share?


  1. I've always wanted to make one and never got my act together. We always just had the standard kind. Never chocolate!

  2. It did take me several years blue hands, and it's still not completely finished, but I guess it's going to stay that way now.

  3. I've been thinking for years about making a re-usable Advent Calender, but have never quite got there... We too usually buy the kids Divine calenders, but this year we've sent the girls a Jacquie Lawson interactive one each & just Hugo will have a chocolate one. Next year I'll definitely be more prepared...

    Kay :)

  4. @ The Smiths: I've just googled Jacquie Lawson and have to admit that her advent calendar looks fun. I'm sure your daughters will love it.

    I'm realising that with two daughters I'm going to have to come up with another homemade calendar to pass one on to each of them. Help!