I know, I know, we haven’t even passed Thanksgiving yet and I’m moving to a Christmas project.. All for good reason. This is a great alternative to a traditional advent calendar, and a fun project to work on over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend or preferably before. I thought I would post this idea now to give you time to duplicate it, if you are interested. Last year was the first year my daughter Kerry had such a calendar at the Olson house. Since her son Taylor has never like candy, (I know, what kid doesn’t like candy) we wanted to find a different angle for a treat each day, other than the usual piece of chocolate. Kerry also wanted a calendar that would have a high visual impact as a holiday decoration throughout the month (in other words, not look barren once the kiddos nab their goodies). The large envelopes provided space for a small toy, mini puzzle, crayons, etc. With this approach, the kids can untie their envelopes each morning, get their treats, and the envelopes can be tied back on the “tree.” I offered to come up with the “packages” but left finding the contents for each one to Kerry as well as developing a way to display the decorated envelopes. There are two envelopes for each day, one for Taylor and one for Ella. I use all of my leftover mis-matched Christmas cards to decorate the envelopes. Along the way, I ran out of cards and purchased a few fun die cut designs at JoAnn Fabrics and Target to finish the project. I used ribbon from my stash to use not only as ties to fasten two envelopes together for each day, but also for tying onto the branch bundles. Kerry had spotted a display of branch bundles at Ikea and decided a version of it would be a perfect way to display the envelopes. I do love how this turned out and although this doesn’t fall into the category of quick and easy, it is not difficult to do. That is why I am giving you a little extra time to work on this. I really had fun decorating the envelopes and I loved finally having a use for all the random, orphaned cards I had saved for so many years. Kerry carefully packed this “Countdown to Christmas Calendar” away and is planning on using it again this year.
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