Friday, November 5, 2010

advent calendar

I have a thing for Advent calendars.  Not the cardboard ones with cartoon reindeer and Santa Clause on them, and little perforated "doors" with tiny chocolate morsels inside, but the artistic, creative ones like the ones below. 

Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn
cubby Advent
This year, I'm going to make my own Advent calendar.  (Sure, it's only the beginning of November, but I have a feeling that projects are going to start taking a little longer to complete from now on.)  I'm inspired by each of the images above, but there's one in particular that I'm going to be using as my inspiration and jumping off point.  My budget is pretty low, but my creativity is high, so I'm looking forward to where that takes me.  Every year I look forward to the holidays - my favorite time of year.  Lots of family time, cozy decor, twinkle lights, a chill in the air.  Advent calendars give a visual countdown to one of the most meaningful days in history.  The birth of our Savior.

Also, if you know me at all, you'll know that I love lists and crossing items off of those lists.  Advent calendars are like a three-dimensional list.  Every day the sunsets, you're one day closer to a wonderfully anticipated time of year.  Every day you get to open a door or gift, empty (or in my case, fill - you'll eventually see what I mean) a space, pocket, or cubby, etc - crossing yet another day off of this virtual list. 

Keep an eye out for my version of an Advent calendar in a few short weeks.  After all, Christmas is only 49 days away!


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