Does anyone else feel like the holidays have just snuck up on you?I know this happens every year. That it's a surprise every time probably says something about me. But, seriously, Thanksgiving JUST ended and...Oh. my. This Sunday...yes, that would be tomorrow...marks the beginning of Advent. Which means it's time to pull out the Advent calendars and start counting down to Christmas. As a child, I loved Advent Calendars. My mom would buy the ones with pictures and candy behind them, and my sister and I were thrilled to open them each day to see what was behind the little door.
When Levi was a wee little thing, I bought a pretty wood advent calendar at an after Christmas sale. It's beautiful and will definitely be used and loved, but the make it yourselfer in me is currently debating whether or not to make my own. I have no idea what any little boy needs with two Advent calendars, but I am so itching to stitch one up. I thought I'd share a few links to some Advent calendar inspiration...you know just in case any of you are still debating (the day before Advent begins) whether or not to make one.
:: How stinkin' adorable is this matchbox calendar from Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, Levi would have this one demolished in a nanosecond. Martha has a whole bunch more cute Advent calendars here.
:: This paper chain idea is an extra simple one that kids are sure to enjoy.
:: And, here's a not so simple chain idea that I'm seriously considering for next year. I love that it incorporates daily activities.
:: This one makes me grin super-duper big.
:: I love the knitting needle hanger on this beauty from the Purl Bee.
:: Oooo...and then there's this one from Stitch/Craft with little ornaments to stick on a felt tree. Do you think I could whip that up in one night? Hmmmm....
:: Pickles' fabric cones would be a wonderful addition to a fireplace mantle...you know if I actually had one of those.
:: And, last but not least, who could resist the recycled cuteness of Maya Made's toilet paper roll calendar?
So, how do you and your munchkins mark down the days to Christmas?