The first of December has finally arrived! This year I wanted to make an advent calendar to help teach my children the importance of this season of anticipation. Some choose to fill their calendars with small gifts as we celebrate the arrival of our true Gift from above. To avoid cluttering up my home with more knick-knacks, I decided to simply make a felt star for my kids to move from one day to the next as we near Christmas. Each day we will read an advent reading (we are following the Jesus Storybook Bible countdown) as we sit around the breakfast table.
As I get older, the importance of advent, of waiting, of breathing in each season...these things grow stronger. Anything I can to do help us slow down and soak in the richness, I'm game for. I largely borrowed this template for my calendar, using her measurements. I ordered my number stencils on Amazon and simply used fabric paint. This time I purchased my fabric new (something I rarely do) because I had a specific vision in my mind for what this calendar should look like. I wanted something timeless we can pull out year after year and hang on the wall. The classic red ticking fabric adds a touch of cheer to an otherwise very simple calendar.
May you be blessed this Christmas season! I'll be back to garment sewing very soon and have some fun plans in store! much love!