Literary Advent Calendar
I have been called a Christmas scrooge once or twice or thrice in my lifetime…mainly because of my dislike of Christmas trees in my own home. I love visiting the homes of people with beautifully decorated (or child decorated!) trees…but I just can’t have one in my home. The thought of having to store a plastic tree and BOXES of decorations for eleven months of the year does my head in. I had a palm tree seed pod arrangement tree for a few years, then a recycled cardboard tree, and I do rather love the idea of the Spineless Classic Nutcracker print as my tree this year; it’s currently in my school library but I reckon I can borrow it!
So I’m not a lover of the Christmas tree, but I DO like an advent calendar – preferably of the literary variety. I love that advent calendars count us down to Christmas and the joy that each morning in December brings as small children fight and scream and kick each other over whose turn it is to open the window or present on the calendar. Oh the serenity of Christmas…
Tis PERFECT. Twenty four stories…one for each night in December. Advent SORTED.
And then author/illustrator Tania McCartney posted her collected advent calendar ideas here – sheesh Tania, I was faaar too busy for this! So then I spent far too much time ogling over handmade advent calendars. Next thing I knew I was printing the template from Pygmy Cloud and off to Officeworks I went for the perfect green card. Sadly the perfect green card was not photocopy card and the Officeworks man wouldn’t print on it. So I had to settle for two shades of green which were not what I envisaged…but I’m flexible. Really I am. I so am.
The original blog post has all the instructions, and lovely pictures!
Dan was a printer before he was a town planner, so paper, paper folding and cutting are his department. He and PudStar made the trees, and I filled them once everyone was in bed. Some have alphabet lollies and some have a Christmas book title from this post to read or an activity to complete – activities that involve daddy taking the small ferals out for a little while…I think this is a fabulous idea.
Tania McCartney has posted the gorgeous advent calendar she decided on here…do take a look!
Are you adventing?
Need more Christmas ideas?
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