Years ago I hand sewed a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, which has become such a sweet tradition for our family. Ever since I was a young child, I absolutely loved Advent Calendars – usually the perforated paper variety in our home – to count down the days until Christmas. The anticipation was overwhelming each year.
I wanted to have that same tradition in our family – and I wanted to create something we could use year after year. I stumbled across this sweet calendar by Stitch Craft Creations. I fell madly in love with this idea and got to work, using her calendar as my guide.
I created the felt pockets following Purl Soho‘s instructions.
I came up with the ornaments by finding holiday clipart and using those images as my sewing templates. When I was about halfway done with my project, Homemade by Jill began her own similar felt Advent Calendar, and asked her followers to join her. I began following her blog and trolling her blog participants for ornament inspiration, as well.
I tried to pick ornaments that may signify something we might do that day or week: looking at Christmas lights, decorating our Christmas tree, baking cookies and decorating gingerbread houses.
One thing that was important to me was that it also told the Christmas story of the Bible – the reason our family celebrates the season. We save these for the end of the calendar as we lead up to our celebration of Jesus’ birth.
I made this calendar in 2010, and I fizzled out at the 23rd ornament. We’ve gone 5 years without the last two ornaments – I can procrastinate like no other, it seems! One day I’ll get around to sewing a felt cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and a cute sugar cookie with sprinkles. Until then, we have a mean 23-day countdown to Christmas.
This is a tradition the kids love. Do you use an Advent Calendar each year? What is your favorite kind? I’d love to hear your ideas and traditions in the comments below!
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