Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Countdown

Last year in the mama blogosphere, I came across this idea for creating a calendar of activities for the Countdown to Christmas (in lieu of the traditional "Advent" Calendars). They're all over the internet. In matchbooks. Recycled magazines. Super-fancy sewn and embroidered envelopes. Traditional felt. With a cookie sheet. Ridiculously complicated magnetic tins. And the original place I spotted the idea, in envelopes made of fancy paper. Here's the lovely mama who gave me all those links with her fancy paper envelopes.

So I decided to take a bunch of random spare time I didn't have to make fancy paper envelopes, though not with fancy paper, but rather with magazines. First I made a form with some heavy cardstock from a random brochure in the recycling. I made two identical rectangles from it, and cut one corner to corner to form the properly sized folding sides. I taped those to the edges of the other rectangle and used this as my guide both for cutting and folding. I found pictures that were big enough so there wasn't a collage element to it. It was a handy way to get rid of all the holiday catalogs that have been coming nonstop (even though I swear I took us off those lists).
I folded down all the pointy edges.
Then I wrote out activities (many stolen from others' lists) on bits of paper which I glued inside.
Lastly, I made labels with numbers on them to keep the envelopes sealed.
Now they all await opening. I'm excited for the kids to be excited. I'm awaiting the adventure of it.


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea - I may steal it from you if I may!!!

Great way to use up old magazines, and I love the little basket....

My two girls have already munched their way through the chocolate in their Barbie advent calenders bought by other half for them - not me!!!!

Just as well really!!!!

I am going to search for those activities through your links now,
Lune x

Anonymous said...

p.s. I just remembered, I have a huge wall hanging of Father Christmas sewn by my mother that has little pockets for each day in December....could use this instead of the envelopes, but I still like the idea of little 'packets' waiting to be opened each morning.

I cant find the activities, guess I will have to think of 24 myself - oh, the things we mothers to for our kids ;) !!!!