My gorgeous Mum said that you shouldn’t celebrate/decorate for Christmas until December 1st (now that I think about it, I’m not exactly sure why). As a Brit living in the USA, it’s been hard not to break out the Christmas decorations straight after Thanksgiving (especially seeing a lot of my neighbors apparently don’t know about my Mum’s rule and have started decorating for Christmas).
…it’s now December 1st. I CAN FINALLY START CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS!
I will forever associate Christmas festivities officially starting with the opening of an advent calendar door. My parents bought me one each year (even as an adult), and December was the only month where my parents let my siblings and I start our mornings off with a small piece of chocolate (the typical gift in the advent calendars I got).
I’m not sure if advent calendars are a part of the Christmas tradition in the USA (my American husband said he didn’t have advent calendars as a child). To be honest, I haven’t looked into it a great deal, but it feels back in the UK, they are available pretty much everywhere (maybe I just haven’t been shopping at the right places here?). However, not being able to buy one in-store has worked out well for me. My love of all things crafty and obsession with Pinterest has inspired me to try making my own.
I came across this Buzzfeed list which inspired me to no end, but I finally on settled on making one inspired by #31 on the list (by Jenn from Ruffled Sunshine), largely because I realized I had already had items to make a similar looking calendar, but also because it is freaking adorable looking.You can see the instructions for making her advent calendar here.
In total, I think I technically spent around the $10 (USD) mark making the advent calendar. It felt ‘free’ because I already had the items at home, with the exception of the Hershey’s kisses which I bought from Walmart for around $2.
Anyhow, these are the items I used to make my very own advent calendar:
- mini craft bags (mini envelopes would work too)
- mini pegs
- Christmas wire
- black marker
- Hershey’s Christmas kisses
Ease of project: SUPER easy
- Number your craft bags! (note: I don’t have a printer at home (I know, I know…), so I drew on the numbers by hand. If you have a printer or have a talent for calligraphy, your finished product will have a much more polished look than mine does. Stencils/sticker will work too!)
- Put desired ‘treat’ in bag.
- Cut wire to the desired length.
- Stick wire on wall with tape.
- Peg craft bag on wire (note: in order for better support), I taped the wire in between the bags too).
- Decorate around the space as desired.
- Marvel at how easily you just completed that.
…and here is the end result!
It is my first crafty project this Christmas season, and I’m rather proud of it! I’m nowhere done with decorating for the holidays, but good golly, I’m feeling the festive spirit!
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas season!