Obsessed with Etsy…the Advent Calendar

by Tania Ginoza on November 20, 2012 · 6 comments

Although I don’t follow an organized religion, I’ve always loved the advent calendar.  I often had one on my bulletin board during the holiday season when I was a child and loved opening up the little paper doors to reveal the picture or quote within.  The idea that the days leading up to a holiday are as special as the holiday itself and feeling joy over a little surprise each day still appeals to me. I also appreciate that advent calendars are a tradition in Germany as I have German ancestry.

My advent calendars way back when were red and green and filled with illustrations of santa, reindeer and snowman.  Today, I tend to favor a calendar with a simple and rustic feel.

This advent calendar tree by Slippin’ Southern can hold little gift bags, candies or small envelopes. However, I like the idea of mini notecards that you turn over each day to reveal a picture, quote or one word gratitude.  The card would then be placed back on the tree with its surprise side showing.  When Christmas day arrives, you will have a lovely display of photos, illustrations or words of inspiration to display.  The tree is available in twenty different colors but I prefer the white shown here.

These reusable linen drawstring bags are adorable and add a bit of texture to a modern room.  They are hand sewn and hand painted by Henrike of Milch & Honig.  White bags are also available with silver or gold numbers.  I’d love these with a little wooden German or Danish figurine or toy in each bag that would make a complete holiday table top scene by Christmas day.  (I have a few of my favorite pieces in my Oh Christmas Tree post in 2011).

Will you have an advent calendar this year?

Images via merchants’ etsy shop.

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