Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent Calendars

As a kid I remember having Advent calendars every December. Each day my siblings and I would open up a door on our cardboard Advent calendar and to see what shape the chocolate piece was. Somehow, I recall only one calendar. Maybe we shared? Maybe we took turns?

Either way, I remember having Advent calendars as a kid, a tradition I continued with my own children. Since they have been old enough to celebrate Christmas (about age 2 or 3) I have purchased them each a chocolate advent calendar. Every morning they wake up and scramble to the calendar, trying to be the first to figure out what shape the chocolate piece is today.

For years I have been looking for a more permanent solution to the advent caledar, but most I see are heavy wood pieces or cheesy looking things that I wouldn't want hanging around my house year after year. Well this year I finally found the right thing - plastic-base advent calendars. Of course, I had to alter them. This is what I came up with:

The piece above is the first one I did. It's already safely on it's way to my sweet little nephew Randal. The one below is the one I did for our family. There are little numbered drawers, one to open each day leading up to Christmas. I've filled each drawer with 3 little things - chocolate coins, Hershey kisses, peppermint candies, tiny toys, etc.

I had a lot of fun altering them and hopfully, once we return from WDW, I'll alter a final one for my newphew Jonathan (I hope teenagers still like Advent calendars! LOL).
Take care and have a wonderful holiday season!


Kadee said...

So Seriously cute! Where did you purchase the base?

pixleyyy said...

The base was purchased at Walgreens in their Christmas section. Hope you can find one!

Jim and Virginia said...

Randal got his today in the mail. What a thoughtful gift. I also have fond memories of the advent calendars. I seem to remember that the chocolate tasted terrible though. Thanks for making this tradition live on. As always, its amazingly well done and very cute. It will be a part of our Christmas tradition for years to come. Thanks Sis.


Felicia said...

thanks for letting me know..I feel a shopping trip coming up. This is seriously CUTE!

Dianne K. Nelson said...

I'm going to have to see if I can find one! love it!