Yes, I know it’s July and Christmas is still more than 5 months away, but this will be a massive project so Lala and I had best get started soon. Last December, we counted down the days until Christmas with my childhood Advent calendar. Lala made that calendar 36 years ago. And we had the same problem that we’d had most of my childhood. Each kid thought it should be their turn everyday. So we kicked around the idea of an extra large Advent calendar. One with enough pieces that all four kids could put a piece up every day. For those of you not inclined to do the math, that’s an Advent calendar with 96 pieces on it. Hence the need to get started in July to have it done by the first of December.
After playing with some ideas I decided that I don’t want to be stuck with a massive Advent calendar after my kids have moved out. I decided on a four panel design that will allow each panel to function as it’s own calendar.Each one will have a unifying border so that it will look like a four pane window when they’re all hung together (hopefully). The nice part of the four panel design is that you don’t have to make all four panels if you don’t need all four. It also means that each kid will get to choose which one they would like to use each year and then pick their favorite to be their own when they start their own family. The four planned panels are:
- Nativity Scene
- Christmas Tree
- Gingerbread Village
- Santa’s Sleigh and Reindeer
We plan on making the calendars out of polyester felt which is both durable and easy to work with. This means that most of the assembly will probably be accomplished with a product like Heat’n Bond, an iron on adhesive or hand sewing.
I’m hoping to have most of the designs mocked up in the next week or two so that pictures can be added. Then, I can start posting the step by step layout and assembly tutorials. I hope you’ll join me in making one or more of these panels and that your family will enjoy using them to count down to Christmas.