It is only a couple of days until the start of December, oh my hasn’t the year gone by quickly!
It means people can officially get into the festive spirit and start getting decorations, presents and food for the holiday period.
A tradition which takes place every year, especially to get the kids excited, is advent calendars.
You can buy these calendars from many retail stores, with a variety of popular themes to choose from; Disney, cartoon, chocolate brands etc.
It involves a calendar made of cardboard full of chocolates hidden behind windows and pouches, with every date of the month on, up until 25th December.
But where did the seasonal practice originate from?
The German tradition can be traced back to the 19th century and was a way of counting the days between the start of Advent and Christmas Day. The Protestant Christians would keep track of the days by making marks on their doors with a piece of chalk, which would then be rubbed off one by one as Christmas approached. Other practices were burning a candle or putting up a small religious picture to mark each day.
Why not make your own calendar this year? It is a great way to get the family to spend time together having fun and it’s a fantastic past-time to amuse the children on these cold winter nights.
Here at Ulster Weavers we have found some great ideas for all your family, so grab your apron, get making and countdown to Christmas!
ENVELOPE ADVENT CALENDAR
Why not create 25 envelopes and hang them from the tree or above the fireplace on some string, rather than making a calendar? It is really easy to do and allows the kids to design them however they want. Get imaginative with colours, stickers, glitter, fabric and ribbons; really make them festive!
Why not find a design on the Internet, print it out on to paper and colour it in! You can get designs to suit all ages such as Rudolph the Reindeer, Christmas trees, a Wreath, Santa Claus or general Christmas themes. And it takes no time to assemble them together with some glue for the kids. You can even find recycled tin calendars to create an earth-friendly advent calendar.
ADVENT CANDY TREE AND POEM
Instead of creating a paper calendar version, try making this candy tree that you can include a poem inside. This might be best suited to children over five years old, as scissors and painting is required. Please remember to use glue that is child proof and to supervise the young ones when using scissors. Plastic scissors can be bought for children to ensure safety.