Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Good Thing.

Last week I was talking with the kids about Christmas traditions, which are their favorites, and what new ones they'd like to start.

They told me that they've always wanted an advent calendar, which we've never really done.
The only one we've had came from Mrs. McClenahan at school.
None of us could even remember if it was The Boy or The Girl who made it in class.
(By the way, I still have a hard time calling her by her first name. She'll always be Mrs. McClenahan to us.)

I clicked over to her blog and saw her talking about Advent calendars, and the very first image popped out to me. And wouldn't you know, it's a Martha Stewart project.
You should all know how I feel about Martha, by now... We're BFF's.

So that day the kids and I headed to the dollar store to gather up cute Christmas-y socks.



We just used twine and clothespins already on hand.
It is so cute, so easy, and we have a new tradition!



We're ready for Dec. 1 to start counting down to Jesus' birthday.

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Do you have an Advent Calendar? What types of things do you put in it?
You can also check out lots of other Christmas decor at Hooked on Houses. Fun!!

28 comments:

Trasie Bressler said...

I don't have one but this post makes me want to have one!!!!!!! Please tell me what you put in them because I haven't a clue!

I seriously just want to come and see your house decorated for Christmas because I love it out there. But you know that already! :)

rentz said...

Very cute! That's a project even this uncrafty lady could do!

Nicole @Team Pipkin said...

We do have one this year. I blogged about it here http://teampipkin.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-activity-tree-complete.html
Can't wait until we do our first activity tomorrow. Craft supplies are all set

Jenilee said...

ok - this is just SOO cute and a great idea!!! :) oh how I want a fireplace!

Jenilee said...

oh I just looked back at your picture... those aren't hanging on a fireplace are they? hmmm... maybe I could find a place for something like that!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

It's a hutch. :) We don't have a fireplace either, although I'd sure love one!

S Club Mama said...

I saw this online @ Martha! I love it but we have no cute socks like that. :( perhaps I'll look after Christmas and do this one next year. Did you see her matchbox advent calendar?

Chigger Hill Cottage said...

Love what you do on this blog! Any time of the year! Have a great Holiday Season, in case I forget to tell you!

Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches said...

very cute idea!

A Family of Love said...

My mother in law made me an awesome advent calendar. After it is hung we pin the different ornaments around the top half of the calendar and each day we put an ornament into the pockets at the bottom. The last ornament to go in is baby Jesus.

the mcclenahans said...

I love it Beki! Give Camryn and Drew a hug from me. :)

Wendy said...

That's adorable!!!

We do have an Advent calendar that my daughter loves. It's a wooden one with 25 little doors with knobs to open (I got it at Restoration Hardware years ago). I usually hit the dollar section at Target or the dollar store to find things to fill it. The kiddo has been asking for days if there's anything in it yet. Impatient much? :o)

hiyaluv said...

i need to get an advent calendar-the one with chocolate in it-as it is one of my all time favorite christmas traditions from growing up. my parents always made us read a bible passage before we could enjoy our candy. :)gina

Martha said...

love yours!!!...I will have an advent calendar after tonight...I have the supplies from weeks ago when I was going to do it but just haven't yet...lol

RJ @ A Life Designed said...

Such a cute advent calendar! We've never had a real one, just those horrible chocolate ones as kids.

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

We have an Advent calendar that I made last year. It isn't very fancy; just counts down the days until Christmas. I blogged about it last year - http://bit.ly/gqIGca

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

This is totally cute!

Simply Created by Cole said...

This is so cute! I love the socks idea and hanging it as garland.

Have a great day Beki!
Cole

P.S. I can't wait to give the necklaces to my friends for Christmas!! {squeal} One loves the Chris Tomlin song, "How Great is Our God," and that necklace is perfect.
Thanks!!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Love this! Too cute!

Ashley Pichea said...

SO cute!! Love the socks and the simplicity of it. We did an Advent-ish calendar last year, but haven't thought about anything this year. Thankfully, my kids are still "too young" to know what they're missing!

Karena said...

Beki,

This is just adorable I love the selection of socks large and small!!

I have a $200 Giveaway from Fifi Flowers!
Do come and enter!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Christina said...

Your socks are waaaay cuter than the ones I found! Thank you for sharing this great idea. :)

Jill said...

I've made two this year...one I loved but had some blunders (I blogged about it) the other I bought and painted. I could just keep going I love Advent calendars and I think your sock one is adorable!

Queen of 'arts said...

I got to your blog/store via WWC today. Love what you are doing, and your generosity about ads. I'll be back. Merry!

Sharon Morrison Mercantile said...

Would love to win one of your necklaces.
Love the stocking idea!! That is great.

heidi said...

That's just so cute! I love the simplicy of it, yet the patterns of the stockings and the sheer number of days makes is delightful! Thanks for sharing your traditions on WWC blog!
Christmas blessings, Heidi

John and Elisa Seaba said...

Love this idea! You inspired me and i went to the dollar store to get socks and then suddenly became very lazy and bought a calendar they had there where you could move the little felt present from day to day :)

Kristen said...

You and your Martha love. Love this idea!!