Blogmas | Our Advent Calendars

Hello!

Even though I am an American, I thoroughly enjoy advent calendars! I like the fact that every day you get a little something to do or eat, depending on your preferred calendar!

What is an Advent Calendar?

An advent calendar is a special way to countdown to Christmas. It is originally celebrated and made with candles and wreaths in Germany, but as with everything in the modern world, it exploded into the mainstream, and we’ve added candy to the mix.

I think I was introduced to them around 2014. It would have been the first time I’d watch Zoe Sugg’s vlogmas on YouTube. Honestly, by that time I had been introduced to the bulk of the blogging community, so they could have helped me along the way as well. Anyways, I thought it was an interesting way to get ready for the holiday festivities.

Afterwards, my nana received a simple advent calendar from one of the charities she supports, and they sent a naked tree, and your job was to decorate the scene from the first of December to Christmas day. She would put it up on the refrigerator and anytime I came over to visit, it would be the first thing I’d do, but on the days when I didn’t, my nana would say papaw did it for me and that sounds like something he’d do. I think the longer we did it, he started to enjoy it just as much too!

The day I wrote this post, this picture popped up on my Facebook Memories and I’ve never been happier!

Fast forward to 2021, I wanted to get my own advent calendar. It had been some time since I did one and I thought it was time to bring it back. I had also hoped I could persuade my parents to do it with me, and within four days they became as excited as I was on what would be inside the little envelopes. I managed to find a very affordable Harry Potter calendar that opens up like a giant book and considering neither one of my parents know anything about Harry Potter, I think they enjoyed learning more about it through the various memorabilia. and they definitely understand my love for everything Harry Potter now.

Our 2022 Advent Calendar!

I can’t deny to you, I’ve been searching for this year’s advent calendar since May, and I feel absolutely no shame for it either.

Originally, I wanted to get either a calendar dedicated to puzzles or socks. I watched Alexandra Roselyn on YouTube last year and she had two different calendars, one for tea and the other was for jigsaw puzzles. I was kind of curious about whether I’d have enough patience to do a puzzle with my parents, and honestly, I doubt they’d last long with it. Now, about the socks, my mom has a lot of various socks and I point them out to her all of the time because they rarely go with her outfits or seasons, so I figured this would be a winner for us but the prices for these kinds of calendars can be expensive. When I looked through Amazon back in August, the prices stayed around $40 and as much as I knew we’d have fun and get use out of them, I just didn’t believe at the time it was worth it.

I actually told my mom about the sock advent calendar, and she was very stunned, and told me next year we need to get one together… I told you, she likes her socks!

Anyways, my mom ended up finding this year’s advent calendars. The first is a red box with little holiday scene and you have to look for whatever day(s) you are on and your job is to break the cardboard door to find a little treasure. A mini ornament. When my mom took these pictures below, we had missed the first two days, so we have a set of golden bells with a red bow in the middle of them, and a little snowman decorated with mittens, a scarf and Santa hat on top. We really love this calendar the most, it is absolutely adorable and since my Christmas tree is on a medium size, it is better to decorate it with mini ornaments so these prizes will be very well-loved with me once we are finished with it.

In each photo of the calendars, I’ve included the link, so if you’d like to purchase or put them in a folder for next year’s Christmas season you can.

For the second calendar, my mom thought this would be an interesting because we both enjoy watching crime dramas–she’s currently on a Scandal kick whereas I am watching FBI. The crimes you get to try and solve are based on Sir Arthur Cohen Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, it is all with a British theme, which isn’t quite ideal, I’ve had to help mom as she didn’t understand some of the names and phrases. The “crimes” themselves are mostly rated PG. This calendar is set up like one of those calendars you flip over to the next and it just sits on your desk. As you’ve might’ve guessed, this isn’t our favorite, but it’s still technically early so we’ll really see if we change our tune after Christmas.

Maybe next year I can do a little list of advent calendars that seem like they could be fun to do with your family. It would also be nice to give you something around a reasonable budget too! If this is something you would like to see in next year’s Blogmas content, please let me know down in the comments.

Are you and your family doing an advent calendar this year? If so, what is the theme behind it? If you’ve done an advent calendar since you were young, what do you look for when you go to purchase them?

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Christmas Advent Calendar 2015!

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Hey guys!

So now that it’s officially December, I can finally discuss anything and everything Christmas-y! I have to say this year everybody has kept their mouths shut about seeing the early Christmas advertisements. I honestly haven’t seen a lot of stuff on TV about it. Anyways, I’ve been thinking of what to share with you this year. You seen my other post that went up on the first, it is a gift guide for bloggers! Click here if you want to check that out!

Last year, my nana got something in the mail from one of the charities that she sends money to every once in a while. She loves basically everything Native American, so she sends money to an Indian school and they sent her an advent calendar. If you don’t know what an advent calendar is, it’s a countdown to Christmas. It’s mainly popular overseas, I know a LOT of bloggers that do it with their families and there are a bunch of varieties of them, some have candles, nail polishes, and even chocolate candies! She has a simple one, they give you a plain Christmas tree and a separate sheet of little stickers to stick onto the tree as time gets closer to Christmas. We had so much fun doing it last year, even though we were behind on some days, she kind of got a kick of me putting each sticker on the tree.

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Two weeks ago, I was looking up different ones on Amazon in case we didn’t get one in the mail. We couldn’t think who sent it to her the last time so I went and looked up ones like it. I found two that were sticker calendars: a nativity scene and Santa’s workshop. They are so cute and fun to do! I think the most festive thing that us Americans have is the Elf On A Shelf thing. Families get a little red Elf and from what I’ve heard is that parents say the elf is there to watch over the little children to keep an eyes on them for Santa. They get moved to different places everyday and that’s all it is basically. We never had one in our house. I wish we had these when I was younger, counting down would be kind of fun I think. At least that’s what I’m saying now and I’m in my twenties.. I’m pretty sure nothing was going to make that count down easier as a kid.

How do you count down to Christmas? To all my friends overseas, what is your favorite advent calendar(s)?

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DIY: Awareness Glitter Pumpkins

October might be the best month for different DIY projects for my nana and I.

it also means something else too. It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Abuse Awareness month too. October is the only month were I don’t mind seeing all of the pink around. I’ll wear anything pink with pride to spread awareness for it. I’m a big fan of the color purple, but the supporting of domestic abuse started just last year after different happens with certain family members, so I’ve been trying to find a way to basically show my support in both charities and I thought decorating a pumpkin would be the perfect solution.

We honestly didn’t know what we were going to do with our second pumpkin Thursday afternoon. When we were finishing gluing on the crayons onto the pumpkin, we only had six of them left, five dark ones and one bright orange. That would have made the pumpkin very interesting! At first, we were thinking of combining the left over crayons with one of our many choices of glitter, but then I got the idea about using the pink and darker purple for the two celebrations of October. It makes our pumpkins very different from our past ones and I haven’t decorated anything for a charity in YEARS so I thought maybe this would work. I talked my dad into getting the package of different colored glitter shakers at Wal-Mart last weekend. Last year, trying to do the glitter was a bit of a disaster for us! The container was too large for me to grab ahold of and shake up and down, and so we had to use a spoon to pour the glitter into the spots we wanted it to go. This time I’m happy to say that I could actually grip the whole thing in between my toes and shake it, that was actually the difficult part out of the whole thing. How to explain shake a container. You can tell I don’t do it very much.

What We Used: 

  • Pumpkin
  • Glitter
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

  1. First’s thing first, we lined our work station with aluminium foil, only one sheet to start off with, and then you place the pumpkin directly in the middle. Fold up the edges to keep the glitter inside the foil.
  2. Plug in your hot glue gun so it’s ready for you.
  3. Now about the glitter, there was two options as far as the tops, it had a part with little holes on it and as you move it to the other angle there is a part that gets bigger. My nana had to basically break it a bit, by placing it down so move glitter would come out of it. She did this to three glitter bottles.
  4. When the glue is hot enough, we slowly made a circle on the very top of the pumpkin and I poured the glittered out of the bottle. We used the pink first.
  5. After we got made a circle of pink, we started making small lines of glue and I poured the purple glitter around them.
  6. When that resulted in small lines of purple, we got the idea of getting a second sheet of foil and switched the pumpkin onto that sheet and used the other one with the excess pink and purple glitter and directly poured it onto the tops of the pumpkin.
  7. After doing that, my nana got creative and made a swirl of glue around the top layer of the pumpkin and any excess that didn’t make it onto the first downpour, we did it step 6 again, but this time including the white glitter too.
  8. We kept both sheets of foil underneath the pumpkin just in case anything else decides to come off in the couple of days.

Our choices of different colors to use. Was it bad that I was coming up with future uses for Christmas?
Our choices of different colors to use. Was it bad that I was coming up with future uses for Christmas?

Sorry for the pictures being so blurry, my feet wouldn't stop shaking. Irony at its best!
Sorry for the pictures being so blurry, my feet wouldn’t stop shaking. Irony at its best!

Pink and purple mixed on top.
Pink and purple mixed on top.

Ain't it cute? <3
Ain’t it cute? ♥