When I was a kid, my grandmother made all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren advents. They were a labor of love and each had a different object sewn at the top. Mine was an angel. Because, of course, I was an angel, ha ha. Actually, I was the only granddaughter, so I was bestowed the honor of the angel appliqué.
My grandmother loved Christmas and everything about it. She spent weeks making cookies, hours tying on candies to the advents, even when her fingers didn’t want to cooperate, and she spent so much time writing cards and wrapping presents just so. I could always tell when she had enlisted my grandfather to help because the packages he wrapped would look like a child wrapped them.
I still love advents to this day, even without Grandma here to refill mine every year. While I haven’t been able to bring myself to fill my own advent, I did create a new one for my daughter last year and found all of these other great ideas around the www.
Last year I created my daughter’s advent using silver gloss boxes and gluing ribbon and number tags on them. I filled half of them with treats and the other half with charitable ideas. My then-3-year-old was a little bit too young to enjoy bringing food to the local animal shelter or making a gift for the neighbor, but she enjoyed the holiday activities I had planned.
My sister (in-law) created this really great knitted advent that she hung up on a cord in the bannister. She knitted little pouches and the added the number tags and stuffed them with treats, fun holiday activities and good deeds.
Here are some really cute little Santa sack advent bags.
These great cone containers are not actually an official advent but I think they would be easy to adjust and make really festive. How great would your living room look with these hanging from the mantle or across the glass doors?