While living in the United States I came across this wonderful tradition of Advent calendar. Advent is the period of four weeks before Christmas and it means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. It's been estimated by historians that Advent has been celebrated since the 4th century.
This article has a lot of cool facts about the history of the Advent calendar if you fancy to read it.
There are so many different types of Advent calendars: kids version (with candy, small toys, chocolate), things to do (with countless ideas of spend quality time with your family), meaningful version ( you make your kids do kind things to others - I particularly like those and would love to make one for Sasha in the future. There are also adult advents that include a bottle... or 24. Options are endless!
For me, it was a great opportunity to organize 24 days of surprises for my hubby. When it comes to presents I believe you should go big or go home 😉 I also believe that the presentation of a gift is even more important than a gift itself. That's why I created this beautiful and simple Advent calendar in a white frame, featuring craft envelopes on a gray linen background.
HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE ADVENT CALENDAR ON A BUDGET
- Picture frame
- Craft envelopes
- Business cards
- Linen fabric for a background
- Small decorative objects
- Jute Twine
Find a frame. I found mine in a thrift shop for $3. It was originally black and needed a coat of white chalk paint.
Get 24 craft envelopes and the same amount of business cards. You can also print it and cut it but it will take more time. Using glue gun attach gray linen to the foam board.
Cut 4 pieces of jute twine the width of the frame. Staple the twine to the back of the frame.
Sit down to organize the ornaments into the cutest order possible and start watching 'Love Actually' enjoying yourself and the wonderful Christmas countdown.
Advent Calendar is a new for me but already very much loved tradition that I’d love to implement in our family. I can’t wait to make one for Sasha when she grows up. So far her only interest would be to chew on envelopes or eat pine branches 🙂 I had to hang it on the wall so she wouldn't get to it.
What're your Christmas traditions? Did you make an advent calendar this year? Please, comment, I'd love to see what you came up with!