Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Advent Calendars

 Advent Calendars

The first Advent calendars were based on 24 days with Christmas Eve as the last night to either put up a picture or take a candy. Today, the traditional German calendars still show 24 days, but in the United States, it's not uncommon to also find ones with 25 days -- the last opening to occur on Christmas Day.  (http://collectibles.about.com/od/adventcalendars/a/Advent120101.htm )

My mom had made and advent calendar out of felt. It was a Christmas tree with little pockets at the bottom containing ornaments to decorate the tree.
My sister and I would fight over who got the last day (the 24th) because that was when you got to put the star at the top of the tree. 
It was similar to this one;
TeaterTots
I found so many different and fun advent calendars that I wanted to share, I had a hard time narrowing it down…..
There are some vintage ones;
magnoliavintage

melanieperalto28 
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Some that look old, vintage or shabby chic;
CraftyMunchkin
WhitePapyrus
RoyalPaper
Some already made and some you can do yourself;
EconChic

 
iheartchelsyanne
twosistersoriginals
        
And of course don’t forget that miniature one for the dollhouse;
maiastwinklemin

Just a little FYI…I got the original advent calendar that my mom made, and we put it up every year for my girls. My mom made another one for my sister and her boys, but I got the good star for the 24th day  (*snicker*)

(jj)

4 comments:

Runs With Scissors said...

I love advents calendars! Thanks for showing so many different ones to us!

goodgosh said...

My siblings and I would try and wake up first so we could open the next door! Thanks for bringing back some smiles and thanks for reminding me I forgot to get mine out this year! I'm bad. You're good, nice one jj.

peppercorns said...

Love advent calendars! I had so much fun making them for my family when the kids were young. Thanks for a great post jj....I'd forgotten all about these.

VintageEmbellishment said...

Love seeing all the creative advent calenders...I may have to go download one onto my computer now!