Having children changes your life in so many ways, it’s hard to remember what life without them was truly like. Vance and I often joke about the trivial things we used to take so seriously, now put into perspective with the two little beings we are blessed to raise. The differences more pronounced around holidays; especially Christmas. I’m striving to make more traditions and experiences than just “stuff” to unwrap.
Enter the Advent Calendar! I’ve seen Advent Calendars in years past, but somehow associated them with the Catholic religion, of which we are not. This year I came across one, in my searches for a quilted version to make as a wall hanging, about twenty-four days of doing things as a family to celebrate the real reason for the season.
After a bit more searching, a month of prep (finding items on and off the island can be quite a process), and carving out bits of free time, I finally completed my first Advent Calendar. BEFORE December 1st!! It’s a felt version, based on this one, and not entirely the traditional green and red Christmas colors.
I had started collecting small toys for the boys to alternate with the “good things” we’d be doing, but have since decided to just stick with the paper coins. I’ll probably add a string to each one, so we can hang them as ornaments on our tree as the days tick off. We’re doing a kiddie tree again this year – John is two and everything is his plaything.