I have such fond memories of the Advent Calendar we had growing up. It was a fabric wall hanging and each day was a little pocket. Jojo would hide a little sweet treat in each of the pockets and we’d eat the treat and move a little bear (reindeer?) marker to the next pocket. The suspense was sweetly agonizing – growing and building each day as we moved through the first row to the second and finally to the last few days.
I particularly loved the last few days before Christmas – it was fun to think about the (almost) month that had passed and all the special things we had done together as a family in the Christmas spirit – from buying our tree and going out to eat Mexican food after to riding around the neighborhood in my mom’s convertible with the top down (and heater blasting) blaring awesome Christmas music and singing at the top of our lungs. I can’t wait to start those traditions with Petite. I can’t wait for her to reminisce about the (hopefully) awesome Christmas traditions that we create for our little family.
Petite is still a little young for an advent calendar but I still love the countdown and anticipation it creates – so I decided I’d make a version for FMG. Each day will have a little “sweet” written for him to read. Then, we’ll turn it around to mark off that day.
I’ll be perfectly honest and tell you that it’s not full yet. I’ve got some of the days filled in – but coming up with 25 affirmations, verses, memories and sweet nothings all at once felt forced. My plan is to fill them in as I think of them – just making sure that at LEAST tomorrow’s is written in.
The front of each piece has the number – and I made it fold over so the message stayed just for him. The back of each card has a fun holiday themed icon on it so it isn’t just boring white.
I printed these on resume paper. I stumbled on this trick when I was in the classroom and needed lots of stiffish paper. Card stock is expensive and a hot commodity in a school. Construction paper doesn’t run through the printer very well and since it doesn’t come in a standard printer size, it took an extra step to trim it to size. I had a box of resume paper – and voila! It’s heavier than regular printer paper and less expensive than card stock – plus it has a nice texture!
I think this would be an awesome idea for a high school or college (ok, really any) age kiddo. What an awesome way to celebrate the season and each other. Mail it off to your kiddo at school… let your kids fill it out for a grandparent… Who wouldn’t LOVE reading a month’s worth of lovies? I don’t really expect that FMG will get as big of a kick out of it as I got putting it together – but in the spirit of giving from the heart, I know he’ll appreciate it.
Want to print one of your own? Snag the PDF and print, cut and fold your own. How cool would it be to write out the christmas story or a secret message where each day a letter or part of the message was revealed? SO much more personal than the generic calendar you can buy at the store.
p.s. the wire structure is from Pick Your Plum a few weeks ago. I’ve seen similar things at craft stores… The countdown could also be put on a pin board, with magnets on the fridge, washi tape on a mirror… the options are endless. how will you hang your calendar?