The last day of November, we find the advent calendars in the basement and set them out on the sideboard to be filled magically every night until Christmas. The kids rush downstairs every morning to see what treat is waiting for them.
Yes, I must admit we have one for Q and one for O, but only because two years ago we received them in the mail as gifts, one from my mom and one from my aunt. Sisters think alike! Initially, I thought having two wooden structures, each with twenty-five various treat cubbies, was a bit excessive (and a lot of work for the advent fairies). But... they have grown on me. We do have two children, after all, so we have come to appreciate having one for each of them, since they both have a little door or a little drawer to open each morning to find their own treat inside.
In addition to the treat-a-day variety, I also thought it would be nice to have a different kind of advent calendar—one more about creating or building something rather than just waiting for the sweets or tiny toys. This alternate calendar might someday replace the magic door and drawer versions, but for now it will have to compete with the candy and sticker and pencil and chocolate treats.
For the alternate advent calendar, I decided to make a wreath.
I started with two layers of green wool felt and traced a large pot lid (none of my circle templates were big enough!) and a small bowl with a fabric pen for the concentric circles of the wreath. I completely stitched the inner circle closed, but left a two inch opening in the outer circle for stuffing. I trimmed the inner completed circle with my pinking shears and left the outer edge untrimmed while I sewed on the 24 button-berries in bright red, dark red, and pink.
Then I stitched the outer circle opening closed while also adding a green grosgrain ribbon loop for hanging. And then pinked the outer edge (without cutting off the loop!)
Then I cut leaf shapes (holly-like perhaps?) out of 5 different green felts, and cut simple slits in each for the button holes.
The kids have been adding two leaves to the wreath every day of this month.
Our wreath has been growing:
Day 2 . . .
and Day 19.
On the 25th there will be two non-leaf additions, special for Christmas.
While our Christmas tree is slowly shedding, and most of the trees outside are bare, it is nice to have something that is slowly growing this season.