Friday Favorites–Christmas Countdown

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming.  Every year I do some sort of Christmas countdown for my kids and, even though they’re teenagers, it will continue until they leave my house.  Maybe longer, if it doesn’t make me seem to stalkerish. Over the years, we’ve been through countdown calendars that were envelopes, cabinet-style with doors, embroidered stockings, a box I would put something into each night, tying candy into a string, and many others.  Here are a few I found that I’m considering for this year.

I think I have the same box of matches I’ve had throughout my nearly 20-year marriage.  We don’t use them much.  However, I might have to start giving away plastic bags full of matches so I can make the Matchbook Advent Calendar from The Matchbook.


I love all the colors and the use of little fabric scraps on this Advent Calendar from Write It Down.


This Miniature Santa Sack Advent Calendar from The Mother Huddle is adorable.  My kids would be poking the sacks to try to figure out what’s in them.


I have blocks similar to these Countdown to Christmas Blocks from Recycled Lovelies, but mine aren’t nearly this cute.  And I didn’t make them.  I’m thinking a little sandpaper and I could refashion them into something like this.


This Tear-Off Advent Calendar from Can't Stop Making Things would be perfect for an office or school locker.


It’s a little hard to tell in the photo, but the containers in this Advent Calendar from Nap Time Journal are round, paper-mache boxes.  I love the little extras she attached to each one.


I thought this Pottery Barn Inspired Branch Advent Calendar from Olivia Renn was made with metal buckets.  The secret is, they’re painted plastic cups!


What I love about this Magnetic Advent Calendar from Teresa McFayden on Craftzine is the variety in the numbers.  This reminds me of the subway art that’s so popular right now.


I’ve made one similar to this Baby Sock Advent Calendar from Martha Stewart, only with gloves.  I have a thing for baby socks and shoes, so I might have to use this as an excuse to go buy some.


My favorite part of this DIY Big Box Advent Calendar from Mod Podge Rocks is the box size variety.  I always seem to have a couple of larger items I want to include, but don’t want all of the containers to be that big.  Problem solved.


Now I just have to decide which one I want and what I’m going to put in it.  Maybe I’ll make the kids figure out what to put in each other’s.  Too Grinchy?