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.