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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You See Through Your Eyes, Listen Through Your Ears, And Love Through Your Heart

I’ve been wondering about all I’ve watched on TV and listened through my headphones this year since the beginning of last month. Something tells me I should’ve made my list at the beginning of the year and put down everything as the year continued on. I’m saying this, because my list of music is unbelievable huge! I did not think I had listened to so much music in one year. Considering my movie list was so short I decided to add the TV Shows I started watching in 2013. It didn’t make any longer, but it works. What did you watch and/or listen to in 2013?

Movies/TV Shows I watched in 2013:

  1. Beautiful Creatures
  2. Safe Haven
  3. Oz: The Great And Powerful
  4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  5. The Originals
  6. Witches Of East End
  7. Total Divas
  8. Ink Master
  9. Push Girls
  10. Mistresses
  11. Hannibal
  12. Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life
  13. Breaking Amish: Brave New World
  14. Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D
  15. Wild ‘n Out
  16. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  17. The Wolverine
  18. Fast & Furious 6

Albums I listened to in 2013:

  1. Release The Panic by RED
  2. Need You Now by Plumb
  3. Girl Who Got Away by Dido
  4. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake
  5. Native by OneRepublic
  6. Pioneer by The Band Perry
  7. 10 by New Kids On The Block
  8. Device by Device
  9. Paramore by Paramore
  10. Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
  11. Golden by Lady Antebellum
  12. Annie Up by Pistol Annies
  13. Demi by Demi Lovato
  14. Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams by Thirty Seconds To Mars
  15. Rise by Skillet
  16. Connect by Sick Puppies
  17. Stars Dance by Selena Gomez
  18. In A World Like This by Backstreet Boys
  19. The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1 by Five Finger Death Punch
  20. The Civil Wars by The Civil Wars
  21. Crash My Party by Luke Bryan
  22. Halcyon Days by Ellie Goulding
  23. Get Wet by Krewella
  24. The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 by Justin Timberlake
  25. The Paradigm Shift by Korn
  26. Bitter Rivals by Sleigh Bells
  27. High Rise by Stone Temple Pilots
  28. PRISM by Katy Perry
  29. Recharged by Linkin Park
  30. Loved Me Back To Life by Celine Dion
  31. Avril Lavigne by Avril Lavigne
  32. Baptized by Daughtry
  33. The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 2 by Five Finger Death Punch
  34. Britney Jean by Britney Spears
  35. Goliath by Butcher Babies
  36. War Of Ages by Serenity
  37. The Nexus by Amaranthe
  38. Interlude by Delain
  39. Perils Of The Deep Blue by Sirenia
  40. Wild Card by ReVamp
  41. Colours In The Dark by Tarja
  42. Masks by Eyes Set To Kill
  43. Retrospect by Epica
  44. Symphonies Of The Night by Leaves’ Eyes
  45. Vita Nova by Vita Nova
  46. Icon For Hire by Icon For Hire
  47. Rebuild by The Letter Black
  48. Welcome To The Freakshow by Hinder
  49. We As Human by We As Human
  50. Raise Your Fist by Doro
  51. Heaven In This Hell by Orianthi
  52. Electric Air by Eklipse