Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Over the weekend, Keegan realized how close December 1st was. Since then, it's been a long four days for the boys as they waited for today to arrive. Last night, our Advent calendar was hung. This will be our second year using this Advent calendar. Each stocking is made from upcycled denim, cotton or linen and embellished with wool felt and embroidery. Many evenings last December were spent finishing the stocking for the following morning. It's nice to just have to worry about filling the stockings this year. As far as the filling is concerned, last year I put a small toy for each of the boys in each stocking, only to see most of the trinkets tossed aside shortly afterwards. This year I've decided to put chocolate in each (yes, chocolate first thing in the morning) and a note describing a craft or activity for that day.
I thought we could all do the countdown together. Each day I'll show our Advent stocking for that day since each is different. As you can tell from the above picture, I didn't iron the stockings before hanging them. Confession: I don't iron. I found out this weekend that my mother didn't even think we owned an iron and ironing board. We do. I just don't use either too much. Oh, except to iron fabric when I sew.
Today when Keegan gets home from school we'll be making gumdrop trees. Quinnie has already told me he'll probably be eating more gumdrops than making a tree. I didn't pretend to be shocked.
I'm joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.
I'm currently reading a book that I had started several months ago and then misplaced. I found it under a pile yesterday. The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is about the role of libraries throughout civilization and it is a great book. In addition to taking the reader into his own personal library, he walks us through libraries throughout the world and history. On my needles is a pair of convertible mittens.
Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the season, maybe with little chocolate surprises too.