The Christmas countdown begins

Well the countdown to Christmas has definitely begun, as I mentioned  on Sunday I love the build up to Christmas from  all the Advent traditions.

Advent CalendarToday the Advent calendars came out. I made this one nearly 20 years ago. It’s a pre-printed panel with the main square and then all the pockets to stitch on. I seem to remember it took quite a while to make, mainly from stitching on all the pockets and their flaps. I quilted it by hand around the main features such as the door and the children. I was quite sad today to see one for sale in a charity shop, thinking of all the love and work that probably went into it, but then I thought if the kids have all grown up at least some other child is going  to enjoy it now.

Advent CalendarWhen the children were little I never put chocolate in the pockets, I bought something that could be broken down into bits, sometimes it was playmobil sets, so one day they would get the figure, another day a wheelbarrow and so on. James quite often got a mini meccano set, so he would get the tools first and the instructions, then one piece each day, though it took some working out to ensure he got them in the right order!. The best one was when I bought kits from the Natural History museum which were like meccano but it made an insect, like a beetle!

Advent CandleI like to have an Advent candle too, we always used to get the slim ones and light it during tea time. This year I bought a bigger one from Lakeland. I’ve stuck it down with bluetack on the centre of the Advent ring as it was bigger than the holder! It looks pretty good there. I’m somewhat concerned though as according to the label each day has about 2 hours burning time, it’s already been lit for 4 hours and I’m no where near number one!

Advent Ring

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to The Christmas countdown begins

  1. lundygirl says:

    so lovely to see your advent calendar – ours is the same!! I made it in the winter of 97. That was before we had our children who now get a celebration sweet each day. Love that you used to buy something that could be split between the pockets.


  2. lovelucie1 says:

    We have a fabric one too. My mum made it for my daughter a good 12 years ago. I nearly couldn’t find it this year. It was in loft, in the bottom of the bottom Christmas decoration box. You’d think I would have packed it near the top. But ours is filled with chocolate. One for my daughter and one for me.


  3. Thimberlina says:

    Looks lovely and Christmassy! We have a bought one to fill up (from before I got back into sewing) but this year we ate all the quality street before it was filled! Very naughty and i daren’t buy another tin after finding out this week my cholesterol is high. Wonder why!!??


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