The Housemate and I decided to ignore the Black Friday craziness and instead have a Friday Crafternoon. A couple of our crafty friends came over and we all chatted and enjoyed each others company while we "made things".
I made an Advent Calendar. I've been wanting an Advent Calendar for a while and this seemed to be the year to get a tradition in place. The Sprout is old enough to get excited by little rituals but young enough that she won't remember if change things up and do it a little differently next year---working out the kinks.
In keeping with my desire for a simple, sacred Christmas, I wanted a simple, reusable calendar and I didn't want it to be filled with candy. Here's what I came up with:
It's off-white felt--not the crunchy craft felt but the slightly softer stuff that has some wool in it and is on sale right now at JoAnn's. I chose felt so I did not have to finish any of the edges. I kept being tempted to add flourishes, embroidery, something, anything. But I'm glad I kept it super simple and just wrote the numbers on with a fabric pen. I got it all done in one Friday Crafternoon.
Once you have an Advent Calendar, you have to figure out what to put in the pockets. I thought about buying little treats or stickers but I settled on this:
This is still a work in process so you only get a sneak peek of what's inside. The beauty of an Advent Calendar is that I only have to be ahead one day at a time. It's sort of a perfect project for someone like me who procrastinates until I have a deadline.
Do you want to see more?
If you're thinking about creating an Advent Calendar, there are ideas all over the craft blogs in the last couple of days. I particularly liked Blair's post over on Wise Craft that included links to some other great Advent Calendars like this one at the Purl Bee.