Christmas Countdown: DIY Advent Calendar

The Marion House Book

While the lead-up to Christmas seems to get longer and longer for mostly commercial reasons, with the right attitude the anticipation and preparation can be just as fun as the 25th itself. One way to enjoy each of the days is with an Advent calendar.

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Typically with a new picture or small gift revealed each day from December 1 to 24, Advent calendars are a way to reward patience and make it kind of fun. The only one I ever saw as a kid in Catholic school was a paper version that predated me by at least a few decades and had concealed pictures of Mary and Joseph but no treats, and I appreciate The Marion House Book's advent calendar's good looks, practicality, and spirit.

The objects she's included are cute but appropriately simple — although the first photo here would spoil the surprise for the opener! The backdrop, a cork-covered canvas covered again by linen, could hold other things during the rest of the year, and the little bags could be reused each December.

Images: The Marion House Book