Advent Calendar

Last year I made an advent calendar out of old babyfood jars that I got from another mom. I nailed all the lids to a board, and then put reflections and a piece of candy in each jar...the problem was that the lids ripped off of the board, there was no good place to put them and it mostly turned into a giant pain in the arse...I want an advent calendar though.

here are a couple of aspects to me that are important to an advent calendar...

1. It is flexible. This means that it isn't a 25 days of December calendar but an advent calendar that follows the Liturgical year...meaning that it can be 4 weeks of 7 days each (1 week I 6 I suppose) or it can be shorter depending on how long Advent is that year.

2. It is reusable year by year. The real problem is that I am not going to be able to make some kind of caldnear every year. So having one that we get out of a box is an important goal.

3. I want colors to reflect winter and liturgical colors (purples and blues) not Christmas colors.

So anyway, the above picture (sorry it's such a bad picture it is from our video camera) is a halfway done calendar. Each of those burlap strips has 7 pockets in it. Each for a person in the nativity, or an ornament, or a candy or a reflection. It still needs a numbering system, some kind of decoration, and some interest. What I do like about it is the that the burlap in it points to John the Baptist an important voice in the Advent readings, and also coffee bags for S and I remind us of the injustice in the world and the connection for advent to creating a new kingdom of God....

We are on our way to an advent imperfect as I still think it is.


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