(Apologies in advance for these pictures – I am still learning my way around my new camera. . . . What? Read the manual? Riiiiiight.)
It’s so cool to see all the Advent Calendars popping up all over the crafty blogosphere! I think this is one of the most delightful holiday traditions there is. And I wanted to share my calendar, too.
My mom made me this when I was two years old, which means this bad boy has just begun its 39th year of active duty. It’s very large, and cut from some lovely old-school wool felt. And it’s from one of those saved magazine pages, like she talked about in the podcast.
The original ornaments were also felt cut-outs, with sequins and things glued to them. But they were starting to look kind of ratty by the time I was in high school, so one weekend Mom and I sat down and re-made them all. (Such a fun weekend!)
In fact, we loved that project so much that in subsequent years, we made Advent Calendars like this for just about everyone in our family, with a whole different set of ornaments.
Here’s my favorite part of this thing: Mom was pulling one of those late-nighters on November 30th, trying to finish this calendar so I could start using it December 1st. And in a moment of bleary-eyed gluing, she glued the 21st on backwards. So of course I always call her on December 21st now and wish her a Happy December 12th.
(But on a related note, she freakin’ cut out all these felt numbers freehand – no pattern! She’s good that way.)
This was the original angel, which I love more and more as the years pass. She’s becoming increasingly retro-cool.
But Mom never was a fan, so some years ago she tooled me this metal one to cover it. She’s a wizard with the hammer and sheet tin.
When I was a kid, the sight of all these pockets filled meant that Santa was a sadly looooooooong way away. Nowadays, I love the calendar best when it’s like this. As these little pockets empty out, the feeling of being pressed for time escalates. You know how that is.
So – Happy December 1st, my friends! I hope you have a splendid weekend of holiday activities!