HOW I MADE A CUTE ADVENT CALENDAR

Dear friends,

Day before yesterday I found myself in San Bernardino, only about a mile away from the very place that so many people tragically lost their lives. San Bernardino is the city at the base of the mountain where I live, and is where residents of our community go to shop. After a morning doctor’s appointment in Redlands, I decided to go to the nearest Costco just as dozens of sheriff’s vehicles were swarming the area, lights flashing, sirens whaling. As I pulled into the Costco parking lot I got a text message from my daughter-in-law asking if I was watching the news. I said no, I was shopping in San Bernardino. Her reaction:  “OMG, get out of there quick. There are shooters on the loose just blocks away.”

It was then that I realized people were scurrying out of Costco, the parking lot was emptying out, and people were leaving very quickly. Then I heard multiple helicopters circling overhead and realized I was smack in the middle of the fray. The good news is I immediately left and made it home safe and sound, unlike the 14 victims who so sadly and senselessly will never go home again. One of the victims was a member of our Lake Arrowhead Community. He was a young father with 6 children. I can’t begin to imagine the pain that family is now experiencing at the very time of year they should be full of joy.

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My heart aches over the terrible events of Wednesday, as well as for the senseless acts of terror that recently took place while we were visiting France.

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, just days after terrorist attacks

The coincidence of this is not lost on me, and makes me appreciate life even more. I realized that every day is precious and I wanted to honor that as we enter this season of celebration. Toward that end I made an Advent Calendar for my Grandchildren today. I am giving it to them late because Advent actually started on November 29, and technically it ends on December 24th. I started mine on December 1st and have it ending on Christmas Day. In any case I wanted to be a part of the excitement and anticipation of the season as seen through a child’s eyes. My Grandchildren are too young to understand the religious aspects of the Advent, but I’m sure they will have no trouble counting the days to Christmas with a little treat from Grandma each day.

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So, on a brighter note, let me show you how I made a cute Advent Calendar for them, which like my Grandchildren (in the photo above), got placed in a shipping box and sent off to them today.

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The idea for the Advent Calendar actually got started while I was on our recent trip to Europe. The final stop on our trip was London. And as far as I’m concerned, no trip to London is complete without a shopping expedition to Harrods.

Harrod's Department Store | London | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

It was fun to be there before Christmas when the store was decorated for the holidays and stocked with holiday merchandise. I found these cute clips and decided to buy them with an Advent Calendar in mind.

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I purchased brown craft paper treat bags and using a red Sharpie, wrote the days of the month on each bag. The red and white twine came from IKEA.

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I then went to World Market and picked up 50 small trinkets including candy, cookies and small toys.

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One item for each child for 25 days.

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HOW I MADE A CUTE ADVENT CALENDAR | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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And even though I’m sure my Grandchildren have been perfect angels all year, I included a box of coal just for fun.

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Using the clips and the red and white twine, I connected all 25 goodie bags together.

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I am hoping that my son & daughter-in-law will find just the right place to hang it in their home. Then each day the kiddos can enjoy a special treat from me.

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And despite the recent tragedies in the world, I wish you all peace and happiness during this holiday season.

So there you have it: HOW I MADE A CUTE ADVENT CALENDAR

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Comments

  • Sharon Sprigg

    It is always a joy to read your blog. I’m thankful you were safe and didn’t get involved in the San Bernardino tragedy . Have a wonderful holiday and your grandchildren are precious .God Bless you and your family.

  • Dear Sharon, thank you so much for your very sweet sentiments. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season as well.

  • RuminationsandReckonings

    What a cute idea! I have pinned it for future years, my grandkids are a little too young but I love the idea!

  • Maureen Stratton

    This is just a darling idea!! Love it! Also glad you are safe xo

  • Thank you! My grandkids are only 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 but I just couldn’t wait. I am sure they understand the concept of counting up until Santa comes, so that’s what this calendar will represent for them now. Happy holidays!

  • Thanks Maureen. You’ll have to make one for your darling Grandkids too!

  • Lisa Sanford

    C, this is precious! I was so relieved when I got your Text Wednesday! Praying for all the victims and their families!! So beyond SAD!!!!!!!!!! SO SAD! XOXO

  • Ahhhh, thanks Lisa. Yes, it is sad that terror has now struck in our own backyard.