Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our Advent Calendar

Tomorrow is the first day of December and the kids will get to put their first ornament on the advent Christmas Tree and one new ornament each day thereafter until Christmas. I know it doesn't look like much, but there is history to this Christmas Tree. This was my advent calendar that my mother made (I'm guessing here) around 1980. It's about 18" x 30" made out of felt and shimmery green ric-rac. There are 4 pockets along the bottom, cleverly hidden as snow to house all of the ornaments until they are placed on the tree. She made all of the felt ornaments. There are only 24 ornaments though. I don't know if one is missing or if there were only 24 to begin with. Either way, I think I'm going to make a few new ornaments to replace all of the "Holy Trinity" ornaments.
Tomorrow, the star will go on the top of the tree as that was always the first one to go on and the manger will be the last. Here's hoping that this advent calendar will become one of their favorite Christmas traditions as it once was one of mine.

5 comments:

MomMom said...

Marvelous!!
I love history repeating itself.

Mountain Mom Alison said...

Oooh I love this Sharleen! I have been looking for one but only found the Barbie or Sponge Bob chocolate filled kind. So now I know what I'm going to make today!

Gramma Sharon said...

There were only 24 ornaments to start with. The idea being you start on the first putting the last ornament on the tree the 24th and then the next day is Christmas.

~heather~ said...

The calendar we had growing up as well as our current one, only have 24 ornaments too. The one John's family uses has 25-but the 25th was a special one only Santa would put up.

tomandcheryl said...

I love it. I want to try to make that Advent Calendar. I can't find one I like around here. My mom still has ours but I don't think she would give it to me since it was all of ours.