An Untimely Advent Post

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Many of you will have noticed that the holiday known as Christmas is coming soon. A special December tradition in my house growing up was to open a tiny cardboard door each morning and ingest a piece of waxy hydrogenated “chocolate”. Those were the days. And I have recreated that Holiday tradition in my home. This is lame. I always envision Christmas around here all handmade and beautiful and thoughtful, and I end up rushing through it like a rabid ostrich. (I’m bad with similes.)

So to make me feel even more like shit, I have compiled a grouping of gorgeous handmade Advent Calendars from all sorts of places. (Click on a pic to find out more.)


pouch advent calendar

This is made by Amy from NanaCompany, and if you visit her blog you will immediately die from seeing the cutest garland. Go look. I’ll wait until you get back. fa la la la la

Dylans Candy Bar Advent Calendar. This satisfies my need to have candy behind every door, plus it’s a damn house! See that?!


printable advent

This is actually a download you can buy from an etsian- juliemarie– to make your own advent calendar garland. That would be pretty fun to shop for all of the little weird things to put inside the pyramids. Like a single raisin for each day.


fabric advent

Another Etsy shop- sewsweetviolet– and she hand makes these when you order, and I would fill each pocket with things like ketchup packets and cigarettes.


black advent

SevernHomemade from etsy- these look black, which is super awesome modern Christmas, but they’re actually navy blue which is even MORE modern Christmas. Mind blowing.


envelope advent calendar

Sweet little paper envelopes clipped to the ever-popular red and white bakers twine. These would be easy enough to pull off on your own if you were so inclined.

It’s not too late to make or buy and advent calendar today for the rest of your month. Or just go buy a cheapie crappy half-price one tomorrow, and you can shove 10 days worth of chocolate into your face in one sitting.



  1. 12/09/2011 / 5:45 am

    I'm so out of the loop…I never had waxy chocolate advent calendars when I was growing up.

  2. 12/09/2011 / 7:00 am

    Ketchup and Relish packets would be a perfect, festive, red and green treat.

  3. 12/09/2011 / 9:04 am

    Nice selection. I like the calendar garland & the color navy.
    I've never used an advent calendar. Probably because as an artist/designer it's like an unwritten rule that you have to handmade things like xmas cards and advent calendars. But I bet the kids would love it.

  4. 12/09/2011 / 12:39 pm

    Ketchup and ciggys and raisins are my favorites! You running around like an ostrich is my favorite too. Love all this. I know your home is so happy.

  5. 12/09/2011 / 2:24 pm

    FOr some reason i am obsessed with advent calendars. Even the hydrogenated chocolate ones. And even though i sort of hate christmas. My favorite advent calendar though is 25 bottles of wine, each labeled with large beautiful numbers – a bottle for each day!

  6. 12/09/2011 / 2:46 pm

    Oh my god why are you so smart? That sets the tone for the best Christmas ever!

  7. 12/12/2011 / 1:25 pm

    My kids were really upset this year because we couldn't find ANY Advent calendars for them. We normally get them for $2 at Trader Joes but the waxy chocolate ones are all sold out.

    My kids broke up chocolate to make their own… but not very nice ones, just 31 pieces of chocolate in a plastic bag. These are lovely! I need to buy 3 for next year!

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