How We Celebrate: Advent

I did not grow up celebrating Christmas. But my husband did. And, if you haven’t noticed, I will take advantage of any and all opportunities to celebrate.

Perhaps this is why I am so captivated by the idea of Advent – it draws out a celebration for nearly an entire month! I love the idea of marking and looking forward to each day, of lingering anticipation…

advent-treat-in-pocket

Last year I decided it would be fun to have our own advent calendar. I found plenty of tutorials online, but the majority were for temporary advent calendars. I liked the idea of owning an advent calendar that we could take out and hang up year after year.

The advent calendars I found for sale seemed wildly expensive. Then, I came across some fabric with instructions…

advent-cloth

I bought it, along with some batting and a cloth for the back, and then promptly stuffed it all in the bottom drawer of my file cabinet for a year.

I know nothing about sewing. I think maybe I stitched a tiny pillow in Home Economics in 6th grade. My mother failed the sewing unit in her own Home Economics course as a middle schooler, and I think maybe I was concerned that sewing skills were genetic…But, my husband was confident that we could do this project.

So, when November rolled around, we found a little local sewing studio where, for $10 an hour, you can sew to your heart’s content. They also provide thread, set up the machines, and offer heaps of encouragement and moral support.

advent-sew

We ironed, cut, pinned, and sewed.

advent-pin

And ended up with our very own advent calendar! I am over the moon.

over-the moon

Now we need to decide what to fill it with.

I couldn’t help myself, and bought a little chocolate almond candy and marzipan, but I also like the idea of filling the pockets with ideas as well as treats.

advent-goodies

I’ve read about families filing each pocket with a favorite winter activity to do each day. Another idea I’ve come across is to incorporate giving back to the community, by including an act of service. I am also intrigued by the idea of using advent as an opportunity to count blessings, reflect on wishes, or exchange love notes…

What do you / would you put in your advent calendar?

advent-treats

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4 replies »

  1. Wow! I really loved this post 🙂 It’s pretty cool that there’s a place you can go sew! Who knew?! AND on a Hello Kitty sewing machine too?! I’ll have to check this place out.

    • They were pretty rad. When we visited, one woman was making a purse, another was sewing hearts onto a sweater, and two moms were making these incredible kimonos for their daughters. Also the owner has (and sometimes brings in) an Angora bunny 🙂

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