Growing up one of my favorite things about the month of December was our advent calendar. My mom made it from a kit when I was very young. I can’t remember a Christmas season without it hanging up some where in our house. Each day I would (and then eventually my sister) would take a felt ornament out of one of the pockets and pin the ornament to the tree. The pocket labeled 24 always had Santa inside. It was a great way to countdown the days until Christmas as a child.
After Henry was born I started to look for a similar calendar so that I could continue the tradition with him. My mom found one and ordered it through a catalog. It was very similar to our “original”, but the ornaments were pretty lame and always fell off the round gold button knobs. So, for last Christmas I created 24 new, handcrafted felt ornaments with wire hooks for the calendar.
This year we started something new with our Advent calendar. In each of the 24 pockets we put 2 pieces of leftover Halloween candy (one for each kid). That way each day not only can they put one of the ornaments on the tree, but enjoy one piece of candy.
I’d love to hear ways YOU count down the days until Christmas! Please leave a message below!
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.