I don't have an official advent calendar because I refuse to pay good money for something I could make myself. The problem is I never seem to remember to make one before December 1.
A few years ago, I sewed 25 tiny little Christmas bags but that was as far as I got. Last year, I put the chocolate and stickers in the little bags but there was no official calendar. So, this year-- five and a half years after I had my first child, I created a calendar. Well, actually, an advent tree.
I took some twigs from the yard and spray painted them red with paint I had on hand. Then I scrounged up 25 clothespins and numbered them. I cut up little squares of card stock and wrote my daily idea on each one. Then I put the cards in the bags, hung them from the branches, and voila:
Our Advent Tree! It's not the fanciest thing but it does the trick.
Since today is December 1, the girls opened their first card and we made real hot chocolate on the stove. I think I overdosed on the chocolate myself but the girls loved it. See what I mean?
Yeah, I don't know what is up with the Flashdance headband either.