December has arrived which means that all I can think about is how I’m going to decorate each room in the house, what I’m going to make for dinner on Christmas eve, how many holiday scented candles I’m going to buy, how I’m going to wrap the presents, and what traditions I want to start or continue.
I have been a huge lover of advent calendars ever since I was a child, I used to love opening the little doors (sometimes several) every day, eat the tiny bits of chocolate, and after it was empty my parents kept the plastic inner that holds the chocolate, so the following year I could use it as a mould to make tiny Christmas tree decorations.
Now that I’m older I still think there’s nothing wrong with store-bought calendars (actually today’s present is a normal advent calendar) but I wanted to do something different, and last year I made a non-traditional, more personal advent calendar for my other half, and this year I did it again.
Making your own advent calendar from scratch is surprisingly a lot of work, and yes, money.
Finding little stocking stuffers for children is quite easy and cheap but trying to find presents for an adult male that are somewhat useful and nice can be a bit more tricky. I started buying small presents in October because I wanted the calendar to be fully finished before the first of December as I was still buying presents and writing clues throughout December last year, it not only put a lot of unnecessary pressure on me but I did actually fail because I couldn’t finish day 24. This year I was more prepared.
This year the base of the advent calendar is a green decorated garland I got from Wilkinson’s and I’ve hung 25 little pocket envelopes that I got last year with numbered tags that I found on Pinterest (you can find them here). In each envelope, there is a polaroid style photo I edited using photoshop, and on each photo, a clue can be found that leads my fiancé to the presents. Now, for some people writing or finding rhyming clues is a pain in the backside. Yes, I’m talking about myself here. Writing the clues was definitely the hardest part of making the calendar because even if I just sat down with a notepad and a pen in my hands, I just couldn’t think of anything half decent. So I searched Pinterest, and I did find some useful ones that I either used as they were or just pinned them to help me create new clues. But I did end up with 24+1 clues eventually.
The tiny envelopes with now the clues inside them are attached to the garland with craft wires in different lengths, and the numbers are not in sequence this year. One envelope is now open, and we have 24 more days to go.