Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Countdown to Christmas

Our countdown-to-Christmas Advent calendar is back and it's hanging on our wall!  

Remember this big, old thing?  

I made it last year using Dollar Tree stockings that I glued on to a large sheet of white felt. I know, I know.  It's big, it's gaudy.  But, I love it.  

The back of the Advent calendar, using an old tablecloth

I backed it with my grandma's old tablecloth that she faithfully whipped out at Christmas time.  It makes me smile, thinking of her and all the magical Christmases spent at my grandparents' house.    All the yummy food (tamales and cookies, galore), the singing and laughing (my grandpa would orchestrate a mini-production with all the grandkids)--such good times!  Well, the tablecloth somehow landed in my possession and now I feel like she's watching down on us, smiling as we count the days away.    

This year, I added minor embellishments (note the borders and stars).  At this rate, it'll look fantastic when Little Mama's off to college.  Sigh.  One day I'll have my act together.  

It's our Advent calendar work-in-progess.  

[Note: each stocking holds a card (or, at least it SHOULD), with something festive for the holidays: put up the tree, decorate gingerbread house, bake cookies, etc., etc.  Little Mama loves stuffing things inside the stockings.  Who knows what we'll find each day.]

We've been busy getting ready for the big day....

making new ornaments...

Testing out new cookie recipes...

and of course, searching for Reddy, our resident Elf.  

We even caught a glimpse of the Big Man himself on the Polar Express Train in Sacramento!

We've managed to squeeze in some math exercises decorating Little Mama's felt Christmas tree.

Little Mama, are there more pink ornaments than blue?  How many purple ornaments do you have?  Which color has the least?

Ta-dah!  I call it the felt learning tree! 

It's been busy--hectic, to say the least, but I love it all.  Three cheers for the holidays!