December 6, 2011

Advent & Traditions

With Christmas upon us, most people who have children  have gotten out their advent calendars already. Most people are now 6 days in to counting down to the big 25th, or becoming more nervous because they are not done Christmas shopping yet (I would think that is most people : )). Are you done yet? This snowman advent calendar is so cute from Potterybarnkids!

However, growing up, my sisters and I looked forward to always opening up a new "window" daily on one of these paper type advent calendars. These three are available HERE for only about $4.50 each.


One blog I really have enjoyed looking at frequently is Mayamade. I absolutely fell in LOVE with this advent calendar that she made for nearly "free" out of saved toilet paper tubes! I started to make this myself to feature on here, but quickly ran out of time. So, with permission, Maya allowed me to share her photos with you. Thank you, Maya!


Isn't it beautiful? Go HERE to see how she made this 2010 countdown calendar.


This is her toilet roll advent calendar made in 2009. Go HERE to see how to make this one. My second favorite! What a great craft to do with your kids!


And Maya's creative one made in 2008! See it HERE! Could you think of another way to use toilet paper tubes to create your own advent calendar? I'm thinking next year, Steven and I will definitely start this yearly tradition with Nathan. So excited!


One tradition my parents started with us when we were little was always lighting the Sweedish Angel Chimes on Christmas Eve, while my Dad read Luke 2 to us from the Bible. Some of my favorite memories! As adults, they have gifted each of us girls with an Angel Chime Set of our own to continue the tradition, and I love it! You can buy yours HERE, or just go take a look at the short video of how they work.

Around here, about 99% of presents are completed and wrapped. Nathan & I are not really counting down to Christmas, but instead, to days left until our Beloved Steven (Husband/Daddy) comes home to us! I absolutely couldn't be more excited! It will just be a short visit, but I plan on making every day count!

Due to this wonderful news, my blog will be taking about a 2-3 week Christmas "vacation." So, Thank you to all of my wonderful friends and faithful followers! I love you all! Your encouragements really keep me going!

Merry Christmas to you ALL!!!

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