When my brother and I were little, we each had tiny Christmas trees that we used as advent calendars. My mother (or maybe my grandmother… sorry Mom, I can’t remember which) had made us both these long wall-hangings with 24 little pockets for the days leading up to Christmas.
On the day after Thanksgiving, my parents would pull out the trees, wall hangings and an old cookie tin full of miniature ornaments. My brother and I would spend the afternoon taking turns picking out ornaments and carefully putting each one in each pocket.
Every morning in December, we would add a single ornament to our trees. The first week, the trees always looked a little sad and bare, but by the 10th or so, they started looking quite festive. And by the week of Christmas, it was hard to find a free branch to add the day’s ornament to.
I’m not sure what happened to my little tree and wall-hanging, but I still have some of those miniature ornaments (a bunch of them are hanging on my tree right now!), but I still remember that particular holiday tradition fondly (especially the excitement my brother and I felt when we started having trouble finding space for our ornaments!).
Interested in making your own advent calendars? Try one of these beautiful ones (although, it’s probably too late to make them for this year!)
Mini Stocking Advent Calendar by Alison Stewart-Guinee
Smitten (a Holiday Garland) by Emily Ivey
Countdown to Christmas by Kate Heppell