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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thoughts on: Advent Calendars

As it's only 15 days until Christmas I wanted to get in a sneaky Christmas post before it was all over (it goes so fast!).

Specifically I wanted to talk about Advent Calendars as these seem to have become quite sophisticated in the last few years, far from the ordinary ones with the cheap chocolate ones we had as kids.

There's the Ciate Mini Mani Month & Uk company Liz Earle had a version where every day you open up a window to a sample-sized product and many variations there of.

But what if you don't have the money to spend on a pricey luxury calendar but you're not a big fan of cheap chocolate? 
One crafty solution is my family's advent calendar, it was handmade by a family friend and the best part is that you can reuse it year after year!

It is essentially a 2D Christmas tree with 24  halves of a press stud sewn onto it and the other half sewn onto 24 different Christmas decorations and each day you put one more decoration on the tree until you put the last one on on Christmas Eve. It's a very decorative and festive way of counting down the days 'til Christmas. 

If you're feeling crafty you could probably make one for yourself or as a gift for someone. If you're not so crafty you could probably use a small 3D Christmas tree and put a new decoration on it each day counting down the days until Christmas. This would be particularly good for people who may not have the time or space for a big tree.

What do you use to count down the days to Christmas? Have you ever made a DIY Advent Calendar?


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