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Saturday, 6 December 2008
With Rowan being 3, we wanted to introduce an Advent Calendar into our Christmas traditions. The liturgist in me struggled with whether it should match the days of the church Advent year, or the more practical days of December. Practicality won!

The challenge was that Rowan doesn't eat dairy, so chocolate is out. And frankly, I find a 'Dora' Advent Calender a little disturbing. Such are the choices available to us.

So it was time to search for a DIY project and to *make* time for something for our own family in this busy season. I was so excited when I found this delightful little project on the Allsorts blog! Check it out for the pattern pieces and more lovely goodies!(Sorry for the funny photos~ our calendar hangs in a hallway!)

We adapted the project as needed~ going for brights and paper number dangles, rather than candy and embroidered numbers (I strongly dislike hand sewing, and stitching the 25 envelopes was plenty for me!). Some snowman cotton and polka dotted flannel coordinate with our multicolour buttons and threads.

The envelopes are stuffed with a variety of things~ some of them little gifts and goodies, others simple slips of paper with a family activity to do. I sat down with the calendar and filled the appropriate envelopes with notes like 'Time to get a Christmas Tree' or 'bake cookies with Mommy'. This ensures that we make the time to make Christmas together.Some of the goodies include: beeswax turtles from Buzz Handmade; little dollies for the nature table from Dannielle and Hues of Nature; some Ikea finger puppets and delicious rootbeer scented dolphin soap from Breath of French Air.


Monica said...

This is awesome Lori...will you be my mom too? (Forget the fact that we're practically born on the same day. ;)lol)

Unknown said...

Every once in a while I do something like I *thought* I would do back in the days before kids LOL

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