Thursday, December 11, 2008

Advent Calendar

"During this Advent season as we celebrate the new relationship between God and his people, may that be mirrored in our renewed relationships with spouses, children, family and those near and dear to us. May we speak tenderly to each other amidst all the rush of the season and transform the shopping days till Christmas into the true Advent of Christ. "
~Casely Essamuah

When I was growing up one of my favorite holiday decorations was a felted applique advent calendar that my mom had made. It was a felt Christmas tree, with 24 pockets below it, and in each pocket was a felt ornament. Each day of December before Christmas we took out an ornament and pinned it onto that felt tree. We always fought over who got which days (since there were 4 of us), but I always got Dec 16 - my birthday. I don't know what happened to that advent calendar. Eventually my mom quit putting it up. I couldn't believe it when I found this one, and so I'm making it:

Sorry the picture is so small. This advent calendar is SOO close to what I remember having growing up. Mainly the ornaments. The star on the top, the candle, the angel, the soldier boy, the bear, the stocking, the drum and the ball ornament (both still in their pockets), are exactly the same, at least to the best of my memory. Some of the others look vaguely familiar too. I've seen other felted advent calendars that are very cute, but this one reminds me of not just Christmas but a family Christmas tradition from my childhood. I can't wait to finish it and hang it up (though I'm sure I won't finish it in time for this year.).


Gwen said...

Oh, I knew you were making one, but I didn't realize that you had found one that was so similar to one from your childhood - that is really nice! :)

I've never done any felting and would love to see some "in progress" photos to give me a better idea of what it's like...

Kristen said...

Can't wait to see how yours turns out...always good to plan ahead for next year