Goodbye Fall . . . Happy Christmas!



Please don’t mock the bad poetry.  I’m a total word-nerd and it cannot be helped.


But seriously, I did have to forcibly resist the urge to rip down all of my fall decorations the minute my sister and her family left after Thanksgiving.  The barrage of “CHRISTMAS IS STARTING” was coming at me from all directions, but I’ve never seen the need to rush it.  Especially with the early Thanksgiving this year.


Not that there’s anything wrong with getting it done early.


I just can’t handle the pressure.  It kinda ruins things for me.


Instead my post-Thanksgiving plan was this:

Saturday:  Say goodbye to sister and family.  Go see the James Bond movie with husband and boys.  Hang out with friends for the evening.

Sunday:  Clean up and put away all of the Thanksgiving decorations, used candles, etc.  Empty recycling (and wonder whether we really drank that much wine!?).

Monday-Thursday:  Catch up on work, e-mail and LAUNDRY (Isn’t it amazing how quickly the laundry piles up when you take a break to host your family for Thanksgiving!?).

Friday and Saturday:  let the decorating begin!


Counting down

Of course, you probably know me well enough by now to know that I couldn’t let the whole week go by without thinking about decorating.  I did take a few minutes here and there to look through some magazines and browse Pinterest a little.


Which reminded me I had the supplies for a little project I meant to do a few years ago, but never managed to start.


It was this:

from Better Homes and Gardens


This advent calendar is made from a flat, wooden craft circle, little favor tins and scrapbook paper.  The circle fits 24 of the little tins, so it’s perfect for the big countdown.


I spray painted the “wreath” with some leftover ivory paint.  And then used a small artist’s brush to paint the inside and outside edges red.


I chose four Christmas scrapbook papers that looked festive together, and punched six 1&7/8″ circles out of each one.


Then I stamped the numbers right onto the circles and embossed the ink so they would pop out a little more.


I used a little scotch tape to stick the circles to the inside tops of the tins, and then used velcro squares to stick the tins onto the wreath.


Last I added a little ribbon, created the messages for each day, and filled the tins with the messages and a little something sweet.


My boys may both be teenagers now, but they’re not too old for an advent calendar, right?


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your holiday preparations!


UPDATE:  Ok, so I took my bad verse-writing to a whole other level and made up a little story to The Night Before Christmas for my boys’ calendar . . . Day one went like this:

“‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through our house, only Ruben was stirring, actually, chasing a mouse.” (Ruben is our dog.)

Each day’s tin has the next verse in it and it’s just silly and fun.  I was a little worried that my teenagers wouldn’t love it, but they opened the first day yesterday and totally got into it.  It’s really special to see them look forward to an advent calendar again!


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  • Kati McG November 30, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Kerry – this is DARLING!!! I love it! I am going to have to pin your tutorial on it, as I think you version is so cute! Haven’t been able to get my act together to assemble an advent calendar for the girls yet, so will likely be saving this for next year – maybe in the doldrums of January!

    Thanks for continuing to post such lovely things – when I see homecrush in my inbox, my heart skips a beat! Hope you and your crew have a wonderful holiday season!

    • Kerry December 2, 2012, 9:24 am

      Oh Kati, you are the best! The encouragement means a lot! I wish I lived nearby — I’d make you one for those adorable girls!! Can’t wait to see their shining faces on your Christmas card. I know you’ll be enjoying some magical moments with them!

      • Kati December 6, 2012, 1:48 am

        I wish we lived closer, as I’d hire you as my design consultant! ; )

  • Kim@NewlyWoodwards December 2, 2012, 10:16 pm

    This is so cute! I love the little tins and I think advent calendars are some of the most fun holiday traditions.

    Stopping over from Cottage Magpie.

  • Meg December 2, 2012, 10:44 pm

    LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing